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, Aug. 7 - Sun, Aug. 9

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$54,713,171--4,007--$13,654$54,713,1711Paramount
2Julie & Julia$20,028,772--2,354--$8,508$20,028,7721Sony / Columbia
3G-Force$9,870,531-44%3,482-215$2,835$86,183,1993Disney
4Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$8,926,888-50%3,455-938$2,584$273,848,6724Warner Bros.
5Funny People$7,984,709-65%3,0081$2,654$40,538,3412Universal
6The Ugly Truth$6,749,390-49%2,97593$2,269$68,836,8743Sony / Columbia
7A Perfect Getaway$5,948,675--2,159--$2,755$5,948,6751Universal / Rogue
8Aliens in the Attic$4,021,843-50%3,1082$1,294$16,313,1182Fox
9Orphan$3,674,511-51%2,270-480$1,619$34,769,3403Warner Bros.
10The Hangover$3,368,820-35%1,690-381$1,993$261,988,62110Warner Bros.