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 Fri, Dec. 3 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure$5,061,020273%3,2430$1,561$98,168,4083Disney
2Christmas with the Kranks$3,191,962339%3,41623$934$36,953,7552Sony / Columbia
3The Polar Express$2,854,612164%3,6500$782$88,210,9664Warner Bros.
4The Incredibles$2,339,292291%3,178-275$736$219,183,1925Disney
5The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$1,766,461351%3,3070$534$62,318,8553Paramount
6Alexander$1,453,036120%2,4450$594$26,384,3342Warner Bros.
7Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$912,447146%2,433-40$375$34,474,2004Universal
8Ray$526,174172%1,54748$340$66,429,3776Universal
9After the Sunset$517,574183%1,889-420$274$25,595,3834New Line
10The Grudge$361,178311%1,286-200$281$108,490,1807Sony / Columbia