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 Sun, Aug. 29 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 29 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$4,700,130-29%2,031--$2,314$18,000,7871Miramax
2Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$3,259,303-37%2,905--$1,122$12,812,0741Sony / Screen Gems
3Without a Paddle$2,258,217-38%2,7300$827$27,740,1442Paramount
4The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$2,257,095-35%3,331-159$678$75,063,9353Disney
5Exorcist: The Beginning$1,989,379-31%2,81310$707$31,166,8202Warner Bros.
6Collateral$1,789,683-38%2,728-301$656$80,159,4574DreamWorks
7Alien Vs. Predator$1,444,767-31%2,880-521$502$72,173,9083Fox
8Open Water$1,400,484-29%2,7090$517$22,740,4592Lionsgate
9The Bourne Supremacy$1,226,030-41%2,079-453$590$157,743,3306Universal
10Suspect Zero$1,000,222-27%1,500--$667$3,446,6411Paramount