'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 Sun, Apr. 7 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 7 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Panic Room$4,263,512-48%3,0530$1,396$58,510,0422Sony / Columbia
2Ice Age$3,802,099-35%3,200-133$1,188$140,658,5114Fox
3High Crimes$3,124,176-49%2,717--$1,150$14,005,0561Fox
4The Rookie (2002)$2,937,798-43%2,52413$1,164$34,949,1502Disney
5Blade II$1,992,730-39%2,561-146$778$67,702,2053New Line
7National Lampoon's Van Wilder$1,704,371-40%2,022--$843$7,304,3081Artisan
8E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$1,090,222-28%2,478-529$440$30,734,5843Universal
9Big Trouble$808,773-47%1,961--$412$3,545,2831Disney
10A Beautiful Mind$545,843-57%1,436-124$380$164,990,15214Universal