'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, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

1Inception$42,725,012-32%3,7920$11,267$142,883,4242Warner Bros.
2Salt$36,011,243--3,612--$9,970$36,011,2431Sony / Columbia
3Despicable Me$23,689,060-28%3,60099$6,580$161,289,9053Universal
4The Sorcerer's Apprentice$9,651,495-45%3,5040$2,754$42,609,0202Disney
5Toy Story 3$8,917,512-26%2,766-411$3,224$379,416,5516Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$7,810,481--2,719--$2,873$7,810,4811Fox
7Grown Ups$7,428,742-25%2,859-215$2,598$142,240,8285Sony / Columbia
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,186,170-46%3,121-880$2,303$279,827,2624Summit
9The Last Airbender$4,217,021-46%2,127-678$1,983$123,308,7904Paramount
11Knight and Day$1,694,003-53%1,265-660$1,339$72,675,7245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$2,594,758144%201163$12,909$4,909,9493Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$1,100,315-52%780-752$1,411$171,713,1737Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$709,464-35%4548$1,563$6,329,4016Fox Searchlight
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$563,790-17%15617$3,614$2,944,8913Music Box
5Iron Man 2$438,975-22%330-32$1,330$310,840,82412Paramount
6I Am Love$336,112-19%16626$2,025$3,215,8216Magnolia
7Winter's Bone$322,661-7%1309$2,482$3,556,6477Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$289,198-37%296-132$977$75,737,6287Fox
10Shrek Forever After$225,825-19%202-38$1,118$234,845,97510Paramount / DreamWorks
12Letters to Juliet$183,782-23%234-38$785$52,503,75411Summit
13Get Him to the Greek$170,175-2%221-66$770$60,498,0108Universal
14Jonah Hex$130,94341%176130$744$10,369,2056Warner Bros.
15Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$110,427-21%128-13$863$89,523,4359Disney
16Robin Hood$109,440-37%171-55$640$105,054,74511Universal
17Solitary Man$96,866-47%105-41$923$4,030,73310Anchor Bay
18Date Night$83,632-37%108-58$774$98,428,00116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$315,09511%530$5,945$11,505,59819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Khatta Meetha$309,211--83--$3,725$309,2111Eros
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$124,345-27%99-13$1,256$2,528,9317IFC
4Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$102,633-10%6611$1,555$1,098,2037Sony Pictures Classics
5Under the Sea 3D$81,45212%130$6,266$23,142,55576Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Restrepo$73,124-24%28-3$2,612$536,8905National Geographic
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$71,322-15%66-4$1,081$9,639,71519Music Box
8The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$63,200-21%15-66$4,213$6,129,37015Sony Pictures Classics
9Sex and the City 2$56,278-44%69-28$816$95,063,7229Warner Bros. / New Line
11Countdown to Zero$41,307--3--$13,769$41,3071Magnolia
12Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$39,244--6--$6,541$39,2441NeoClassics
13Grease Sing-a-Long$32,776-63%17-4$1,928$259,7303Paramount
14Life During Wartime$30,507--1--$30,507$30,5071IFC
15Please Give$28,823-43%40-24$721$3,850,78813Sony Pictures Classics
16City Island$28,667-22%40-9$717$6,623,58619Anchor Bay
17Exit Through the Gift Shop$26,196-32%14-11$1,871$3,018,77715Producers Distribution Agency
18Mademoiselle Chambon$21,828860%75$3,118$208,7069Lorber
19Splice$21,113-68%39-78$541$16,980,2298Warner Bros
20South of the Border$20,88933%103$2,089$166,6115Cinema Libre
21Micmacs$19,963-43%34-16$587$1,059,1739Sony Classics
22Standing Ovation$18,056-95%74-551$244$531,8062Rocky Mountain
23Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$17,466--1--$17,466$26,5621Arthouse Films
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$16,625131%118$1,511$233,7079Rialto
26Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$14,760-58%15-8$984$269,0505Sony Pictures Classics
28Mother and Child$13,897-19%24-3$579$1,058,97812Sony Pictures Classics
29Just Wright$13,387-56%27-29$496$21,507,08711Fox Searchlight
30Orlando (2010 re-issue)$10,885--2--$5,443$10,8851Sony Pictures Classics
32Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,872-34%25-3$395$63,939,92219Fox
33Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$9,51273%41$2,378$57,7808Indican Pictures
34Harry Brown$8,689-29%15-9$579$1,800,84413Samuel Goldwyn
35The Killer Inside Me$7,474-37%101$747$181,9796IFC Films
36Winnebago Man$7,102-60%50$1,420$54,1283Kino International
37Kings of the Evening$6,896--4--$1,724$87,29824Indican Pictures
38The City of Your Final Destination$6,847117%93$761$472,35315Screen Media Films
39Let It Rain$6,489-4%31$2,163$88,9816IFC
40Love Ranch$6,06513%6-1$1,011$134,9044E1 Entertainment
41U2 3D$5,699440%32$1,900$10,342,668131National Geographic
42Valhalla Rising$5,030-36%21$2,515$17,5462IFC
43La Mission$4,95889%63$826$1,054,22816Screen Media
44The Nature of Existence$4,476360%1-1$4,476$22,2206Walking Shadows
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$4,34451%52$869$624,38819Zeitgeist
46The Lottery$4,027--1--$4,027$51,5427Variance Films
47God of Vampires$3,360-63%4-4$840$56,7054Nocturnal Features
48Best Worst Movie$3,18150%21$1,591$81,09014Area23a
49Everyone Else$2,879-7%31$960$83,14258Cinema Guild
50Spoken Word$2,343--1--$2,343$2,3431Variance
51Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,215-19%30$738$23,259,468147National Geographic
52To the Sea$2,148-72%10$2,148$15,0282Film Movement
53Mugabe and the White African$1,907--1--$1,907$1,9071First Run
54The Secret of Kells$1,875-14%4-2$469$689,57621GKIDS
55John Rabe$1,865288%32$622$54,50310Strand
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,806-29%10$1,806$40,1895Kino International
57Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,572-61%10$1,572$8,6522Flicker Alley
58Princess Kaiulani$1,461-41%2-1$731$858,41811Roadside Attractions
59Small Change (2009 re-issue)$1,457119%10$1,457$31,73335The Film Desk
60Stonewall Uprising$1,213-83%3-3$404$107,5746First Run Features
61[REC] 2$829-83%3-4$276$19,9423Magnolia
62In/Significant Others$582--1--$582$3,47711Fourth Ward Productions
63Around a Small Mountain$502-78%1-1$502$15,6123Cinema Guild
64Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$417--1--$417$26,1886The Film Desk
65The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$324--1--$324$453,66026First Run Features
66The Oath$310--1--$310$42,11712Zeitgeist
67Behind the Burly Q$134-63%10$134$18,82314First Run Features
68OSS 117: Lost in Rio$113-77%1-1$113$87,35367Music Box