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, Dec. 17 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 17 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$34,450,321--3,703--$9,303$34,450,3210New Line
2Something's Gotta Give$1,434,902-9%2,677--$536$20,567,8401Sony / Columbia
3The Last Samurai$1,112,527-19%2,9080$383$50,656,6502Warner Bros.
4Stuck on You$535,592-7%3,003--$178$11,154,2211Fox
5Bad Santa$492,097-9%2,540449$194$37,288,9163Miramax / Dimension
6Elf$439,757-2%2,876-243$153$148,818,1926New Line
7Love Don't Cost a Thing$266,3782%1,844--$144$7,128,1041Warner Bros.
8The Haunted Mansion$264,523-4%3,001-121$88$54,581,5013Disney
9Honey (2003)$260,690-12%1,928-14$135$20,611,0742Universal
10Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$208,143-6%2,320-1089$90$91,383,9374Universal