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, Dec. 25 - Sun, Dec. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$75,617,133-2%3,4564$21,880$212,885,1862Fox
2Sherlock Holmes$62,304,277--3,626--$17,183$62,304,2771Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$48,875,415--3,700--$13,210$75,726,6921Fox
4It's Complicated$22,100,820--2,887--$7,655$22,100,8201Universal
5The Blind Side$11,470,00014%2,766-641$4,147$184,128,3416Warner Bros.
6Up in the Air$11,274,000251%1,8951720$5,949$24,035,8774Paramount
7The Princess and the Frog$9,004,610-26%3,4750$2,591$63,676,9243Disney
8Nine$5,452,5132020%1,4121408$3,862$5,795,5272The Weinstein Company
9Did You Hear About the Morgans?$5,000,143-24%2,7180$1,840$15,597,3082Sony / Columbia
10Invictus$4,045,000-4%2,16035$1,873$23,019,6773Warner Bros.