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
201034 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 2010$102,089,078-4%$127,466,3960%The Expendables
200934 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 2009$106,503,87429%$127,250,64520%Inglourious Basterds
200434 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 2004$96,068,75320%$119,006,43218%Exorcist: The Beginning
201334 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 2013$83,842,08110%$109,882,03513%Lee Daniels' The Butler
200734 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2007$83,965,21110%$108,327,3845%Superbad
200834 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 2008$82,667,797-2%$106,138,919-2%Tropic Thunder
199934 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 1999$84,504,46825%$105,613,08018%The Sixth Sense
200634 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 2006$76,103,396-2%$103,052,4436%Invincible (2006)
200334 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 2003$80,000,85512%$100,769,24612%Freddy Vs. Jason
201234 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2012$76,007,0649%$97,511,3264%The Expendables 2
200534 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 2005$77,622,906-19%$97,482,900-18%The 40-Year-Old Virgin
200134 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 2001$76,814,07311%$97,301,4997%American Pie 2
201134 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 2011$69,507,839-32%$93,383,882-27%The Help
200034 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 2000$69,437,843-18%$91,361,205-13%Bring It On
200234 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 2002$71,440,252-7%$89,631,446-8%Signs
199834 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1998$67,766,4283%$89,606,65114%Blade
199734 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 1997$65,745,50628%$78,428,80518%G.I. Jane
199434 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 1994$53,788,246-2%$68,931,1345%Natural Born Killers
199534 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 1995$52,423,656-3%$67,785,021-2%Mortal Kombat
199634 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1996$51,551,826-2%$66,516,898-2%The Island of Dr. Moreau
199334 (Aug 20 - Aug 22) - 1993$54,821,74651%$65,547,47458%The Fugitive (1993)
199034 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 1990$43,625,85817%$54,302,2599%Darkman
198834 (Aug 19 - Aug 21) - 1988$45,104,36530%$51,392,25718%A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
198934 (Aug 25 - Aug 27) - 1989$37,306,044-17%$49,910,603-3%Uncle Buck
198734 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1987$34,766,87114%$43,432,3179%Stakeout
198534 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1985$34,154,5052%$41,629,60010%Back to the Future
199234 (Aug 21 - Aug 23) - 1992$36,394,78019%$41,451,4627%Unforgiven
198634 (Aug 22 - Aug 24) - 1986$30,606,033-10%$39,915,361-4%The Fly
199134 (Aug 23 - Aug 25) - 1991$30,702,347-30%$38,685,344-29%Hot Shots!
198434 (Aug 24 - Aug 26) - 1984$33,468,5204%$37,823,1424%Tightrope
198334 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) - 1983$32,284,328-9%$36,524,844-15%Mr. Mom