'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 Tue, Jul. 11 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 11 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie$5,818,324-5%2,912--$1,998$54,268,2841Miramax / Dimension
2The Perfect Storm$3,022,414-3%3,4070$887$106,329,1102Warner Bros.
3The Patriot$1,807,491-2%3,0610$590$69,104,7962Sony / Columbia
4Disney's The Kid$1,749,519-3%2,167--$807$16,240,9611Disney
5Me, Myself & Irene$1,092,9483%2,996-91$365$69,589,5743Fox
6The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$533,694-2%2,48222$215$17,155,5102Universal
7Gone in 60 Seconds$514,3895%1,871-780$275$87,550,0855Disney
8Big Momma's House$476,4943%1,926-466$247$104,578,3506Fox
9Mission: Impossible II$371,5404%2,057-610$181$204,743,3447Paramount
10Gladiator (2000)$276,2749%1,210-201$228$174,498,68110DreamWorks