'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, Feb. 15 - Mon, Feb. 18

Wide (1000+)

1A Good Day to Die Hard$28,640,657--3,553--$8,061$36,879,7731Fox
2Identity Thief$27,456,470-21%3,16524$8,675$74,744,2552Universal
3Safe Haven$24,469,155--3,223--$7,592$33,298,0731Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$21,101,976--3,288--$6,418$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$10,550,103-7%2,897-112$3,642$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,945,261--2,950--$3,032$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$7,413,75615%2,202-607$3,367$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$7,299,145-22%2,6050$2,802$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,176,456-27%2,103-1182$1,986$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$3,602,315-10%1,527-1035$2,359$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
12Lincoln$2,063,12010%1,007-510$2,049$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,857,164-19%1,017-485$1,826$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Argo$2,625,35711%903-502$2,907$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$2,074,61719%647-277$3,207$111,376,51813Fox
3Quartet$1,624,64773%33389$4,879$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,276,940-13%605-396$2,111$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wreck-It Ralph$1,102,0703%506-251$2,178$185,835,92916Disney
6Les Miserables (2012)$1,098,445-29%676-771$1,625$145,764,4258Universal
7Amour$858,412128%306181$2,805$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$679,832-37%603-616$1,127$75,343,6928Fox
9The Impossible$585,515-39%422-317$1,387$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
10Rise of The Guardians$580,879128%33863$1,719$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$440,47814%266115$1,656$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$345,298246%25494$1,359$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$343,563-56%340-573$1,010$39,591,3346Open Road
15Skyfall$323,363-26%262-108$1,234$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$285,333-86%470-1934$607$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$246,955-72%210-732$1,176$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$186,75550%19295$973$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$154,574-34%175-132$883$79,360,5599Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$132,379-80%119-551$1,112$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
21Hotel Transylvania$121,584-24%144-47$844$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
22This is 40$116,065-40%167-111$695$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$99,773-80%133-622$750$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Top Gun 3D$169,120-91%40-260$4,228$2,986,1382Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$117,309-14%86-44$1,364$6,030,75711Focus
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$108,577-50%99-137$1,097$33,265,5859Disney
4To the Arctic 3D$102,76067%520$1,976$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Hubble 3D$98,429108%214$4,687$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
6No (2013)$90,454--4--$22,614$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$89,91141%34-3$2,644$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$86,925130%2711$3,219$388,0547First Run Features
9Here Comes the Boom$69,846-28%96-48$728$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Texas Chainsaw 3D$69,180-32%96-89$721$34,298,2157Lionsgate
11Born to Be Wild 3D$62,35943%300$2,079$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Guilt Trip$62,237-42%88-137$707$36,805,3169Paramount
13The Gatekeepers$56,98235%41$14,246$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
15Anna Karenina (2012)$49,547-19%51-40$972$12,771,63614Focus
16Koch$46,85280%117$4,259$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
17Lore$45,72145%82$5,715$93,5532Music Box Films
18Rust and Bone$35,96522%33-18$1,090$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
19Red Dawn (2012)$33,788-38%56-49$603$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$32,232927%76$4,605$59,4584Music Box Films
21The Last Stand$30,456-67%54-185$564$11,964,2665Lionsgate
22Searching For Sugar Man$28,25037%19-1$1,487$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Sound City$28,015-12%17-2$1,648$291,1123Variance Films
24The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
25Like Someone in Love$26,585--3--$8,862$26,5851IFC Films
26Race 2$22,389-73%11-52$2,035$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
27A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
28Movie 43$21,647-92%35-742$618$8,781,9614Relativity Media
29Under the Sea 3D$19,221516%102$1,922$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Yossi$18,231105%71$2,604$59,1404Strand Releasing
31A Late Quartet$16,61789%131$1,278$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
32The Sessions$15,26030%16-2$954$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
33John Dies at the End$12,809-37%101$1,281$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
34Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
35Lost in Thailand$10,122-69%350$289$57,3972WAMCR
36Deep Sea 3D$10,116-76%70$1,445$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Hitchcock$10,112-49%14-22$722$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
38Playing For Keeps (2012)$9,366-67%23-58$407$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
39The Power of Few$7,913--2--$3,957$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
40West of Memphis$7,132-29%8-2$892$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
41Taken 2$6,874-54%16-19$430$139,852,97120Fox
42Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
43The Waiting Room$4,313-18%40$1,078$199,85621International Film Circuit
44The Sorcerer and the White Snake$3,833-31%4-1$958$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
45Brooklyn Castle$3,047--3--$1,016$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,728--2--$864$27,57816Strand Releasing
50Masquerade (2012)$1,394-20%2-2$697$912,01722CJ Entertainment
51The Package (2013)$1,277--1--$1,277$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
52Any Day Now$1,260-20%3-2$420$183,19710Music Box Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms