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, Sep. 4 - Sun, Sep. 6

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$12,368,874-55%3,1210$3,963$47,510,0422Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$11,629,745-40%3,358193$3,463$91,823,4303Weinstein Company
3All About Steve$11,240,343--2,251--$4,993$11,240,3431Fox
4Gamer$9,157,616--2,502--$3,660$9,157,6161Lionsgate
5District 9$7,077,033-31%3,139-41$2,255$101,351,1364Sony / TriStar
6Halloween II (2009)$5,746,469-65%3,08863$1,861$25,800,9122Weinstein / Dimension
7Julie & Julia$5,324,236-24%2,52825$2,106$78,970,2385Sony / Columbia
8G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$5,174,450-33%2,846-621$1,818$139,489,6075Paramount
9Extract$4,339,545--1,611--$2,694$4,339,5451Miramax
10The Time Traveler's Wife$4,326,344-33%2,803-158$1,543$54,671,9704Warner Bros. / New Line