It looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend for new titles at the box office. All three major releases came in lower than projected on Friday, which allowed holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy to hold on to their first and second place rankings. The Expendables 3, the most notable newbie, earned an estimated $6.9 million on its first day in theatres. That suggests an opening weekend of about $16 million, or less than half what the first Expendables earned from its debut back in August 2010. Fox’s Let’s Be Cops came in fourth on Friday with $5.6 million. The R-rated comedy opened early, on Wednesday, with $5.2 million and should end its first weekend with just under $15 million. The Giver earned an estimated $4.7 million from 3,003 locations yesterday. The adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver should bring in $13 million in its first three days. That tops recent young adult adaptations including Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, but that’s not saying much.
Details and Friday’s top five chart after the jump.