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 Thu, Mar. 18 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 18 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$2,781,9297%3,22151$864$276,092,8773Newmarket
2Starsky & Hutch$1,410,81019%3,1850$443$57,071,0422Warner Bros.
3Secret Window$1,304,45315%3,018--$432$23,511,5681Sony / Columbia
4Hidalgo$1,126,82216%3,0652$368$40,002,1812Disney
5Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$785,8781%2,973--$264$11,294,9111MGM
650 First Dates$578,75816%2,586-454$224$108,895,1595Sony / Columbia
7Twisted$293,17711%2,208-496$133$22,265,1773Paramount
8Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$271,6454%1,801-379$151$26,031,5784Disney
9The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$224,92213%1,307-596$172$372,013,85413New Line
10Monster$151,63716%1,012-70$150$32,717,38112Newmarket