'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, Dec. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$15,556,245-23%3,568--$4,360$66,181,1731Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$9,824,606-24%3,68064$2,670$113,168,9722Disney
3The Family Stone$3,570,099-27%2,466--$1,448$12,520,1911Fox
4Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,936,540-23%3,185-543$608$252,602,2815Warner Bros.
5Syriana$1,646,889-30%1,77523$928$22,464,8462Warner Bros.
6Walk the Line$1,063,372-33%2,664-370$399$82,606,6425Fox
7Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$1,005,227-35%2,723-487$369$45,203,5404Paramount
8Just Friends$561,819-31%1,882-582$299$29,586,6824New Line
9Aeon Flux$537,124-23%2,058-550$261$23,213,6233Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$460,688-28%1,141-194$404$29,168,4606Focus