'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

1A Good Day to Die Hard$23,500,000--3,553--$6,614$31,739,1161Fox
2Identity Thief$22,500,000-35%3,16524$7,109$69,787,7852Universal
3Safe Haven$22,000,000--3,223--$6,826$30,828,9181Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$15,000,000--3,288--$4,562$15,000,0001Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$9,000,000-21%2,897-112$3,107$50,220,5313Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,800,000--2,950--$2,644$10,342,3171Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$6,250,000-3%2,202-607$2,838$98,624,47214Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$6,200,000-33%2,6050$2,380$19,020,8362Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$3,400,000-41%2,103-1182$1,617$49,628,7954Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$2,800,000-30%1,522-1040$1,840$87,728,6689Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Argo$2,200,000-7%903-502$2,436$126,863,05219Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.