'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 Sat, Feb. 19 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitch$13,292,02845%3,5750$3,718$80,769,0222Sony / Columbia
2Constantine$10,978,2211%3,006--$3,652$21,860,9971Warner Bros.
3Because of Winn-Dixie$4,266,47851%3,188--$1,338$7,089,6701Fox
4Son of the Mask$3,181,62367%2,966--$1,073$5,089,9831New Line
5Million Dollar Baby$3,011,88687%2,10570$1,431$52,130,93110Warner Bros.
6Are We There Yet?$2,772,05483%2,519-291$1,100$67,294,6395Sony / Columbia
7Boogeyman$2,242,21140%2,572-480$872$39,492,9843Sony / Screen Gems
8The Aviator (2004)$1,877,14695%1,710-486$1,098$86,822,2879Miramax
9Pooh's Heffalump Movie$1,845,351116%2,5290$730$9,954,2432Disney
10Sideways$1,732,31292%1,300-319$1,333$56,860,13718Fox Searchlight