'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 Sun, Aug. 22 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Exorcist: The Beginning$4,697,070-26%2,803--$1,676$18,054,1321Warner Bros.
2Without a Paddle$3,490,383-34%2,730--$1,279$13,529,6821Paramount
3The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$3,439,671-38%3,49018$986$61,216,0502Disney
4Alien Vs. Predator$3,418,197-33%3,4016$1,005$62,961,8492Fox
5Open Water$3,076,548-31%2,7092654$1,136$13,968,3591Lionsgate
7The Bourne Supremacy$1,671,155-42%2,532-444$660$150,389,7205Universal
8The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$1,051,996-42%1,920-692$548$54,545,6784Paramount
9Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie$1,022,282-28%2,4110$424$15,516,4232Warner Bros.
10The Village$949,320-41%2,249-893$422$107,047,8424Disney