'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, Jul. 4 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 4 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$13,036,36110%3,504--$3,720$41,383,5441Warner Bros.
2Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$6,133,111-14%3,350--$1,831$22,419,4701MGM
3Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$3,647,2155%3,48526$1,047$56,707,3942Sony / Columbia
4Finding Nemo$2,904,5949%2,902-431$1,001$266,784,8286Disney
6Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,741,8215%3,086--$564$4,925,2921DreamWorks
728 Days Later$1,326,81723%1,407147$943$15,876,5352Fox Searchlight
8The Italian Job$1,037,68630%1,584-437$655$80,742,1086Paramount
9Bruce Almighty$993,28820%1,929-722$515$225,633,6127Universal
102 Fast 2 Furious$595,630-2%1,779-1038$335$117,390,8925Universal