'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, Jan. 20 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 20 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld: Evolution$10,248,076--3,207--$3,196$10,248,0761Sony / Screen Gems
2Glory Road$2,589,205279%2,396174$1,081$21,528,4102Disney
3Last Holiday$2,387,346293%2,5140$950$19,672,5692Paramount
4Brokeback Mountain$2,134,427187%1,196513$1,785$36,457,2177Focus
5Hoodwinked$2,128,447401%3,002608$709$20,354,6062The Weinstein Company
6Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$1,694,528267%2,826-413$600$97,311,9055Sony / Columbia
7End of the Spear$1,532,717--1,163--$1,318$1,532,7171Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$1,440,092172%2,757-467$522$267,057,2727Disney
10Tristan and Isolde$1,093,998219%1,8450$593$9,729,6162Fox