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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Mar. 29 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 29 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Erin Brockovich$1,525,221-10%2,8513$535$60,517,7202Universal
2Romeo Must Die$1,047,217-24%2,64139$397$28,415,6591Warner Bros.
3American Beauty$646,682-17%1,6621$389$103,902,68628DreamWorks
4Mission to Mars$464,530-10%3,10141$150$50,891,3763Disney
5My Dog Skip$318,203-6%2,3310$137$26,645,58811Warner Bros.
6Here on Earth$275,602-21%1,712--$161$5,686,6081Fox
7The Ninth Gate$193,742-8%1,69437$114$14,981,1363Artisan
8The Tigger Movie$105,6310%1,360-341$78$43,306,8437Disney
9Snow Day$96,126-1%1,924-463$50$57,056,5957Paramount
10Wonder Boys$58,259-2%1,210-248$48$14,739,2595Paramount