'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, Dec. 12 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 12 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something's Gotta Give$5,270,498--2,677--$1,969$5,270,4981Sony / Columbia
2The Last Samurai$4,279,170122%2,9080$1,472$37,067,7872Warner Bros.
3Stuck on You$3,343,130--3,003--$1,113$3,343,1301Fox
4Love Don't Cost a Thing$2,211,612--1,844--$1,199$2,211,6121Warner Bros.
5Bad Santa$1,867,580169%2,540449$735$31,577,0703Miramax / Dimension
6Honey (2003)$1,705,578281%1,97230$865$16,622,9272Universal
7Elf$1,670,409237%2,876-243$581$143,177,5306New Line
8The Haunted Mansion$1,458,017261%3,001-121$486$49,069,3253Disney
9Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$930,171202%2,955-454$315$87,494,7984Universal
10Gothika$880,648120%1,806-399$488$52,090,8954Warner Bros.