'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, Jul. 12 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 12 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie$4,850,309-17%2,912--$1,666$59,118,5931Miramax / Dimension
2The Perfect Storm$2,524,096-16%3,4070$741$108,853,2062Warner Bros.
3Disney's The Kid$1,629,469-7%2,167--$752$17,870,4301Disney
4The Patriot$1,511,769-16%3,0610$494$70,616,5652Sony / Columbia
5Me, Myself & Irene$904,809-17%2,996-91$302$70,494,3833Fox
6The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$485,265-9%2,48222$196$17,640,7752Universal
7Big Momma's House$458,281-4%1,926-466$238$105,036,6316Fox
8Gone in 60 Seconds$447,295-13%1,871-780$239$87,997,3805Disney
9Mission: Impossible II$305,192-18%2,057-610$148$205,048,5367Paramount
10Gladiator (2000)$244,770-11%1,210-201$202$174,743,45110DreamWorks