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, Mar. 12 - Sun, Mar. 14

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alice in Wonderland (2010)$62,714,076-46%3,7280$16,822$209,339,4322Disney
2Green Zone$14,309,295--3,003--$4,765$14,309,2951Universal
3She's Out of My League$9,775,278--2,956--$3,307$9,775,2781Paramount
4Shutter Island$8,144,133-38%3,356178$2,427$108,011,6454Paramount
5Remember Me$8,089,139--2,212--$3,657$8,089,1391Summit
6Our Family Wedding$7,629,862--1,605--$4,754$7,629,8621Fox Searchlight
7Avatar$6,526,421-20%1,718-445$3,799$730,631,30913Fox
8Brooklyn's Finest$4,471,932-67%1,9393$2,306$21,533,4042Overture
9Cop Out$4,268,068-54%2,882-268$1,481$39,480,7343Warner Bros.
10The Crazies$3,680,940-48%2,359-120$1,560$33,389,3083Overture