'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 Sun, Nov. 9 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 9 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Matrix Revolutions$12,420,293-36%3,502--$3,547$83,790,2391Warner Bros.
2Elf$9,111,188-30%3,337--$2,730$31,115,1661New Line
3Brother Bear$5,843,525-31%3,0300$1,929$44,022,2852Disney
4Scary Movie 3$2,534,845-47%3,288-217$771$93,065,4443Miramax / Dimension
5Radio$1,752,770-46%2,811-263$624$36,131,7333Sony / Columbia
6Mystic River$1,259,797-43%1,58130$797$40,437,7874Warner Bros.
7The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$1,195,347-45%2,378-592$503$73,375,7114New Line
8Runaway Jury$1,101,104-50%2,133-603$516$39,992,6724Fox
9School of Rock$736,925-46%1,982-804$372$73,471,4246Paramount
10Kill Bill Vol. 1$650,539-35%1,681-748$387$64,914,1335Miramax