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, Jul. 7 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man 2$10,034,170-16%4,1520$2,417$202,118,6271Sony / Columbia
2King Arthur (2004)$4,818,385--3,003--$1,605$4,818,3850Disney
3Fahrenheit 9/11$2,609,427-10%1,725541$1,513$66,625,4172Lionsgate
4The Notebook (2004)$1,593,251-6%2,32320$686$34,959,0902New Line
5DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$1,476,636-9%2,953-67$500$90,716,9153Fox
6White Chicks$1,278,347-14%2,80074$457$49,425,5422Sony / Columbia
7Shrek 2$1,124,6501%2,609-328$431$412,933,8877DreamWorks
8The Terminal$977,308-11%2,782-132$351$59,286,2913DreamWorks
9Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$950,765-12%2,725-279$349$227,761,3785Warner Bros.
10Garfield$605,175-1%2,458-173$246$65,451,7754Fox