Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32MAugust 22, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.

Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.

The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 1 - Sun, May. 3

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men Origins: Wolverine$85,057,400--4,099--$20,751$85,057,4001Fox
2Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$15,410,977--3,175--$4,854$15,410,9771Warner Bros. / New Line
3Obsessed$12,050,994-58%2,5140$4,794$46,853,6242Sony / Screen Gems
417 Again$6,362,628-45%3,2550$1,955$48,507,4623Warner Bros. / New Line
5Monsters vs. Aliens$5,804,042-32%2,626-732$2,210$182,413,1496Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Soloist$5,654,090-42%2,0339$2,781$18,162,9432Paramount / DreamWorks
7Earth (2009)$4,338,995-51%1,8040$2,405$22,002,3712Disneynature
8Hannah Montana: The Movie$4,163,494-35%2,819-412$1,477$70,943,0474Disney
9Fighting$4,010,539-64%2,3123$1,735$17,343,2712Universal / Rogue
10State of Play$3,715,277-46%2,445-362$1,520$30,944,8633Universal