'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, Nov. 9 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
18 Mile$18,562,654-5%2,470--$7,515$38,136,8181Universal
2The Santa Clause 2$10,756,57980%3,3522$3,209$52,027,3182Disney
3The Ring$6,320,09124%2,927119$2,159$81,525,1204DreamWorks
4I Spy$3,764,46441%3,1820$1,183$22,116,5212Sony / Columbia
5jackass: the movie$2,864,30720%2,5322$1,131$51,353,9473Paramount
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,660,41566%1,975-2$1,347$177,857,54530IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$1,679,58846%2,004-437$838$117,565,2367Disney
8Ghost Ship$1,307,66538%2,361-426$554$25,271,7623Warner Bros.
9Femme Fatale$1,124,32324%1,066--$1,055$2,683,7161Warner Bros.
10Punch-Drunk Love$1,080,54837%1,29341$836$13,881,1745Sony / Columbia