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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200935 (Aug 28 - Aug 30) - 2009$105,326,41954%$124,989,04927%The Final Destination
198335 (Sep 02 - Sep 04) - 1983$36,378,99531%$42,297,32921%Mr. Mom
199335 (Aug 27 - Aug 29) - 1993$44,770,14130%$56,124,10642%The Fugitive (1993)
200735 (Aug 31 - Sep 02) - 2007$91,745,67130%$118,509,96015%Halloween (2007)
199935 (Aug 27 - Aug 29) - 1999$70,233,39628%$94,209,45734%The Sixth Sense
199435 (Sep 02 - Sep 04) - 1994$55,842,11825%$77,719,65538%Forrest Gump
198935 (Sep 01 - Sep 03) - 1989$44,639,42122%$56,602,06623%Uncle Buck
200135 (Aug 31 - Sep 02) - 2001$73,873,39517%$103,630,7155%Jeepers Creepers
199635 (Aug 30 - Sep 01) - 1996$56,195,76914%$74,153,75710%The Crow: City of Angels
200335 (Aug 29 - Aug 31) - 2003$81,522,60912%$113,645,65411%Jeepers Creepers II
198435 (Aug 31 - Sep 02) - 1984$40,635,36112%$49,007,90916%Tightrope
198835 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 1988$36,449,53012%$45,965,69519%A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
199735 (Aug 29 - Aug 31) - 1997$60,548,3828%$79,219,3547%G.I. Jane
201335 (Aug 30 - Sep 01) - 2013$84,942,9728%$125,031,93220%One Direction: This Is Us
201235 (Aug 31 - Sep 02) - 2012$78,981,6703%$104,288,587-3%The Possession
199135 (Aug 30 - Sep 01) - 1991$41,478,692-1%$52,377,453-6%Dead Again
200235 (Aug 30 - Sep 01) - 2002$72,713,544-2%$102,279,604-1%Signs
200435 (Aug 27 - Aug 29) - 2004$78,792,239-3%$103,937,512-9%Hero (2002)
200635 (Sep 01 - Sep 03) - 2006$70,731,593-4%$102,756,37110%Invincible (2006)
198635 (Aug 29 - Aug 31) - 1986$34,645,277-5%$45,860,165-1%Stand by Me
198735 (Aug 28 - Aug 30) - 1987$32,650,971-6%$38,723,976-16%Stakeout
199035 (Aug 31 - Sep 02) - 1990$41,963,343-6%$55,745,866-2%Ghost
200535 (Sep 02 - Sep 04) - 2005$73,417,566-7%$93,806,756-10%Transporter 2
199835 (Aug 28 - Aug 30) - 1998$54,769,608-10%$70,456,190-11%Blade
200035 (Sep 01 - Sep 03) - 2000$63,381,525-10%$98,301,3824%Bring It On
198535 (Aug 30 - Sep 01) - 1985$36,335,209-11%$46,449,252-5%Back to the Future
199535 (Sep 01 - Sep 03) - 1995$49,133,856-12%$67,465,521-13%Mortal Kombat
201135 (Sep 02 - Sep 04) - 2011$76,554,062-12%$107,153,629-7%The Help
199235 (Aug 28 - Aug 30) - 1992$34,455,666-17%$39,403,024-25%Honeymoon in Vegas
201035 (Aug 27 - Aug 29) - 2010$87,206,831-17%$114,800,510-8%Takers
200835 (Aug 29 - Aug 31) - 2008$68,518,227-25%$98,250,176-17%Tropic Thunder