'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. 23 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 23 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Die Another Day$19,045,52615%3,314--$5,747$35,664,7121MGM
2Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$18,706,05370%3,6820$5,080$135,846,5692Warner Bros.
3Friday After Next$5,200,43018%1,616--$3,218$9,600,6751New Line
4The Santa Clause 2$4,815,07098%3,251-95$1,481$91,976,4024Disney
58 Mile$3,761,77934%2,58589$1,455$95,539,7653Universal
6The Ring$3,354,73232%2,628-254$1,277$109,172,4386DreamWorks
7My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,650,51253%1,585-227$1,041$190,196,20032IFC Films
8Half Past Dead$1,402,21538%2,1130$664$11,796,1752Sony / Columbia
9jackass: the movie$713,79540%1,522-891$469$61,665,1015Paramount
10I Spy$480,37841%1,535-1076$313$32,421,9974Sony / Columbia