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 Fri, Dec. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$19,224,54739%3,622--$5,308$59,262,9311New Line
2Two Weeks Notice$4,632,569--2,755--$1,682$4,632,5691Warner Bros.
3Maid in Manhattan$3,288,113130%2,86628$1,147$27,833,5912Sony / Columbia
4Gangs of New York$2,875,149--1,504--$1,912$2,875,1491Miramax
5Drumline$2,132,314217%1,8371$1,161$17,365,8912Fox
6The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,618,421--3,012--$537$1,618,4211Paramount
7The Hot Chick$1,496,781229%2,2170$675$10,694,8222Disney
8Star Trek: Nemesis$1,271,34298%2,7110$469$23,321,7542Paramount
9Die Another Day$1,075,55774%2,075-1302$518$135,543,3395MGM
10Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,003,522126%2,750-275$365$225,458,6256Warner Bros.