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 Mon, Jan. 26 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 26 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Butterfly Effect$1,329,417-68%2,605--$510$18,394,9971New Line
2Along Came Polly$840,743-77%2,99511$281$54,105,5862Universal
3The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$527,521-75%2,558-445$206$338,350,7166New Line
4Big Fish$461,279-74%2,438-76$189$49,397,2937Sony / Columbia
5Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$405,340-73%2,711--$150$7,725,3981DreamWorks
6Cold Mountain$399,748-69%2,8020$143$72,984,7735Miramax
7Mystic River$347,860-66%1,3271194$262$59,128,05715Warner Bros.
8Cheaper by the Dozen$305,984-82%2,810-215$109$122,837,4805Fox
9Something's Gotta Give$297,802-69%2,143-359$139$107,348,5967Sony / Columbia
10Torque$254,901-78%2,4630$103$17,533,8242Warner Bros.