'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 Sat, Jul. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Road to Perdition$6,295,14738%2,159362$2,916$42,755,1992DreamWorks
2Men in Black II$5,879,86132%3,64130$1,615$153,902,8973Sony / Columbia
3Stuart Little 2$5,555,1555%3,255--$1,707$10,841,0171Sony / Columbia
4K-19: The Widowmaker$5,012,53317%2,828--$1,772$9,287,6741Paramount
5Reign of Fire$2,830,33928%2,6290$1,077$26,961,6812Disney
6Mr. Deeds$2,788,18816%2,823-416$988$105,510,5114Sony / Columbia
7Eight Legged Freaks$2,468,40711%2,530--$976$7,279,7751Warner Bros.
8Halloween: Resurrection$2,150,36916%2,094140$1,027$20,452,8322Miramax / Dimension
9Lilo & Stitch$1,934,26527%2,127-813$909$126,915,4655Disney
10The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course$1,890,88229%2,525-10$749$17,426,1762MGM