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, Jun. 25 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hulk$4,355,675-14%3,660--$1,190$77,669,0171Universal
2Finding Nemo$2,830,2290%3,404-21$831$236,942,2864Disney
32 Fast 2 Furious$1,175,063-8%3,140-278$374$106,592,2313Universal
4Bruce Almighty$1,138,617-4%3,074-403$370$213,991,7795Universal
5The Italian Job$914,365-2%2,095-602$436$70,325,7604Paramount
6Rugrats Go Wild$894,4377%3,0410$294$26,330,6802Paramount
7Alex & Emma$693,442-8%2,310--$300$8,231,4811Warner Bros.
8Hollywood Homicide$668,928-4%2,8400$236$23,577,7172Sony / Columbia
9Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd$602,237-4%2,6090$231$21,889,2562New Line
10The Matrix Reloaded$483,944-11%1,850-500$262$265,921,4376Warner Bros.