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 Tue, Mar. 9 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 9 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$4,827,868-4%3,170127$1,523$223,721,9082Newmarket
2Starsky & Hutch$1,938,087-4%3,185--$609$32,052,4361Warner Bros.
3Hidalgo$1,289,768-1%3,063--$421$21,416,2651Disney
450 First Dates$502,03815%3,040-410$165$100,290,8804Sony / Columbia
5Twisted$404,7619%2,7041$150$17,260,5842Paramount
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$239,7058%1,903791$126$368,677,42212New Line
7Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights$228,69618%2,0420$112$10,577,6012Lions Gate
8Monster$214,00619%1,082114$198$30,353,23911Newmarket
9Eurotrip$164,46213%1,602-942$103$16,007,7233DreamWorks
10Mystic River$159,83717%1,051-74$152$85,493,25021Warner Bros.