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 Tue, Dec. 31 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 31 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$8,442,357-16%3,6220$2,331$218,595,1992New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$7,874,07330%3,156--$2,495$62,574,0591DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$3,728,5159%2,7550$1,353$50,200,9112Warner Bros.
4Maid in Manhattan$2,427,187-12%2,93872$826$62,130,5753Sony / Columbia
5Gangs of New York$2,150,232-7%2,190686$982$34,331,1612Miramax
6The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,898,199-9%3,0120$630$22,414,1192Paramount
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,737,696-5%2,505-245$694$243,872,6337Warner Bros.
8Die Another Day$1,080,08610%1,875-200$576$148,772,8796MGM
9Drumline$1,002,669-33%1,669-168$601$39,117,6763Fox
10Star Trek: Nemesis$812,423-3%2,642-69$308$35,492,5423Paramount