'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Feb. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,703,1561%3,7750$716$151,710,0962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,185,003-5%3,3720$351$34,200,1061Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,003,015-4%3,0830$325$49,944,6842Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$850,970-5%2,253--$378$30,746,2901Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$453,7490%2,101-359$216$379,704,33513Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$420,025-3%2,896--$145$15,841,2551Universal
7Ride Along$415,3053%2,517-168$165$118,505,8005Universal
8Winter's Tale$311,188-6%2,965--$105$9,093,9011Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,3350%2,013-467$120$119,730,9068Universal
10That Awkward Moment$214,0901%1,922-887$111$22,668,5423Focus
11The Nut Job$190,1835%1,918-1086$99$58,839,5035Open Road
12Philomena$189,541-3%1,225721$155$31,523,93613Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$179,4774%1,072-416$167$142,383,07410Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$131,985-7%1,278-861$103$48,472,6785Paramount
15Vampire Academy$115,277-6%2,6760$43$7,344,6082Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$87,703-5%1,010-317$87$36,215,3118Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$84,9212%1,664-920$51$12,879,6413Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$155,158-2%751-416$207$111,518,6918Paramount
2Gravity$82,346-1%355-346$232$268,428,12820Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,5120%386-180$165$48,554,72318Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$59,5014%324-201$184$16,088,87314Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,2834%255-202$201$23,570,6109Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$34,8343%223-265$156$24,449,50116Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,4260%285-252$121$256,343,74410Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,1761%326-203$105$423,307,51613Lionsgate
9I, Frankenstein$28,508-10%468-959$61$18,512,1324Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,6162%261-85$64$125,168,3689Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,275-4%201-41$76$57,547,0848Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$12,19913%248-3$49$35,495,8389Fox
13Grudge Match$9,94529%291-50$34$29,700,2838Warner Bros.
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$8,98117%181-16$50$119,461,28821Sony / Columbia
15Devil's Due$8,264-4%123-176$67$15,656,0145Fox
16Captain Phillips$7,15811%135-47$53$106,892,78019Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$30,576-13%9833$312$1,110,9224Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,9290%86-43$150$12,999,07311CBS Films
3The Book Thief$9,1535%94-41$97$21,127,79215Fox
4Knights of Badassdom$8,25145739%2-7$4,126$113,5314eOne Films US
5Hasee Toh Phasee$5,002-28%77-11$65$597,6792Reliance Entertainment
6The Legend Of Hercules$4,760-2%90-158$53$18,545,9136Lionsgate / Summit
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,73129%34-12$139$8,233,48912Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,1170%62-41$50$32,462,3727Paramount
9Free Birds$2,94629%75-34$39$55,625,87016Relativity Media
10Last Vegas$1,72334%41-19$42$63,914,16716CBS Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,09539%10$1,095$18,4982Rialto Pictures
12Gimme Shelter (2014)$496-46%15-61$33$1,357,5764Roadside Attractions
13All Is Lost$45954%9-3$51$6,260,62518Roadside Attractions
14At Middleton$30462%1-6$304$53,8373Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15The Pretty One$20782%10$207$5,1902Dada Films