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 Wed, Aug. 14 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$3,913,673-19%3,374--$1,160$58,243,4601Sony / Columbia
2Signs$3,206,262-12%3,31046$969$128,130,2672Disney
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$2,337,175-12%3,3070$707$32,404,7271Miramax / Dimension
4Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,650,000-13%3,508-105$470$173,069,9863New Line
5The Master of Disguise$852,182-8%2,5683$332$26,347,5352Sony / Columbia
6Blood Work$784,699-10%2,525--$311$9,784,1761Warner Bros.
7Stuart Little 2$574,6060%2,382-713$241$54,598,2324Sony / Columbia
8Road to Perdition$565,676-6%2,211-121$256$85,971,7925DreamWorks
9Men in Black II$260,378-5%2,076-826$125$187,239,4586Sony / Columbia
10The Country Bears$168,6560%1,260-1293$134$14,800,7083Disney