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. 28 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 28 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Signs$1,291,090-12%3,453109$374$177,231,7114Disney
2XXX$1,047,043-17%3,517129$298$109,717,2013Sony / Columbia
3My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,030,911-3%1,329265$776$53,164,31819IFC Films
4Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$799,1884%3,3070$242$61,199,1283Miramax / Dimension
5Blue Crush$618,363-20%3,01513$205$28,599,8122Universal
6Austin Powers in Goldmember$615,813-12%2,805-308$220$195,338,4565New Line
7Serving Sara$429,236-16%2,154--$199$7,189,7051Paramount
8Simone$360,677-9%1,920--$188$4,939,5481New Line
9Road to Perdition$299,877-4%1,863-51$161$95,504,6727DreamWorks
10Undisputed$290,742-11%1,102--$264$5,565,2781Miramax