'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. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elf$7,229,670-39%3,38144$2,138$70,360,0122New Line
2Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$6,313,675-41%3,101--$2,036$25,105,8821Fox
3The Matrix Revolutions$4,172,522-43%3,5020$1,191$114,271,0752Warner Bros.
4Brother Bear$3,826,596-33%3,0300$1,263$63,057,0713Disney
5Looney Tunes: Back in Action$2,814,913-35%2,903--$970$9,316,3691Warner Bros.
6Love Actually$2,301,716-39%1,177601$1,956$18,863,8192Universal
7Scary Movie 3$1,341,748-53%2,960-328$453$102,351,4724Miramax / Dimension
8Radio$1,064,746-52%2,416-395$441$43,520,4834Sony / Columbia
9Mystic River$783,689-50%1,550-31$506$45,571,7225Warner Bros.
10The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$611,244-47%1,607-771$380$77,661,4945New Line