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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$82,500,000--3,997--$20,640$142,057,6451Universal
2The Lone Ranger$29,432,000--3,904--$7,539$48,936,1611Disney
3The Heat$25,000,000-36%3,1843$7,852$86,495,2882Fox
4Monsters University$19,590,000-57%3,739-265$5,239$216,127,6323Disney
5World War Z$18,200,000-39%3,316-291$5,489$158,780,6753Paramount
6White House Down$13,500,000-46%3,2220$4,190$50,506,7632Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$11,415,000-45%2,905-1226$3,929$271,189,1534Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$5,800,000-33%2,104-606$2,757$85,604,1534Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$2,770,000-51%1,606-958$1,725$110,415,4126Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,100,000--876--$11,530$17,460,7041Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$1,310,000-39%565-470$2,319$223,064,5638Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$1,000,000-59%617-933$1,621$235,415,1107Universal
4Epic$520,000-37%428-346$1,215$104,051,3337Fox
5Before Midnight$513,141-19%214-76$2,398$6,611,1657Sony Pictures Classics
6Iron Man 3$503,000-63%294-246$1,711$406,432,31910Disney
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$472,160-18%170-52$2,777$3,079,8195Roadside Attractions
8The Internship$445,000-69%379-629$1,174$42,747,8035Fox
9The Croods$345,000-26%269-38$1,283$185,127,84616Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Purge$328,000-73%256-866$1,281$63,558,4105Universal
11Mud$176,740-14%111-57$1,592$20,875,74011Roadside Attractions
12The East$172,000-33%102-83$1,686$1,972,8226Fox Searchlight
13Pain and Gain$114,000957%170144$671$49,516,28911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$575,000--19--$30,263$575,0001Fox Searchlight
220 Feet from Stardom$510,133120%8945$5,732$1,101,7034RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$248,000169%7051$3,543$443,2203Weinstein Company
4The Attack$204,77950%5317$3,864$482,5343Cohen Media Group
5Fill the Void$160,157-13%59-2$2,715$1,203,6437Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$149,24653%1611$9,328$311,7212Sony Pictures Classics
7Frances Ha$145,00026%69-21$2,101$3,678,2608IFC Films
8The Kings of Summer$95,00012%513$1,863$1,082,9366CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$44,55658%274$1,650$1,450,0279Roadside Attractions
10Stuck in Love$38,135--21--$1,816$38,1351Millennium Entertainment
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$34,000-53%63-55$540$122,476,08615Paramount
12Museum Hours$32,328--3--$10,776$84,7712Cinema Guild
13What Maisie Knew$13,449-26%12-6$1,121$1,021,85610Millenium Entertainment
14The Iceman$6,40466%61$1,067$1,940,04010Millennium Entertainment