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 Fri, Feb. 22 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Queen of the Damned$5,829,552--2,511--$2,322$5,829,5521Warner Bros.
2John Q.$3,737,277221%2,50539$1,492$31,351,7332New Line
3Dragonfly$3,334,883--2,507--$1,330$3,334,8831Universal
4Crossroads (2002)$2,278,560240%2,3811$957$21,446,8702Paramount
5Return to Never Land$2,052,832136%2,62621$782$20,326,9052Disney
6Big Fat Liar$1,644,965155%2,437-97$675$28,555,7033Universal
7A Beautiful Mind$1,479,171184%2,069-12$715$128,863,9308Universal
8Hart's War$1,382,202183%2,4590$562$11,925,6052MGM
9Super Troopers$1,202,945167%1,80525$666$9,772,3962Fox Searchlight
10Collateral Damage$1,031,308100%2,410-414$428$31,780,3193Warner Bros.