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, Mar. 17 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 17 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$2,604,187-14%3,22151$809$273,310,9483Newmarket
2Starsky & Hutch$1,184,728-20%3,1850$372$55,660,2322Warner Bros.
3Secret Window$1,139,066-18%3,018--$377$22,207,1151Sony / Columbia
4Hidalgo$972,106-16%3,0652$317$38,875,3592Disney
5Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$777,841-16%2,973--$262$10,509,0331MGM
650 First Dates$501,072-14%2,586-454$194$108,316,4015Sony / Columbia
7Twisted$263,302-10%2,208-496$119$21,972,0003Paramount
8Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$260,303-13%1,801-379$145$25,759,9334Disney
9The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$199,172-13%1,307-596$152$371,788,93213New Line
10Monster$130,941-21%1,012-70$129$32,565,74412Newmarket