'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, Feb. 5 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1When a Stranger Calls (2006)$2,776,037-72%2,999--$926$21,606,7781Sony / Screen Gems
2Big Momma's House 2$2,587,200-63%3,2610$793$45,661,0092Fox
3Nanny McPhee$2,478,010-50%2,146151$1,155$26,534,5912Universal
4Brokeback Mountain$1,347,821-52%2,089435$645$60,130,9309Focus
5Hoodwinked$1,270,422-55%2,9072328$437$44,096,1134The Weinstein Company
6Underworld: Evolution$1,057,476-59%2,870-337$368$52,951,9673Sony / Screen Gems
7Something New$797,920-65%1,265--$631$4,881,5151Focus
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$628,875-64%1,716-454$366$281,937,6709Disney
9Walk the Line$543,341-69%1,577376$345$110,612,55012Fox
10Last Holiday$514,567-61%1,920-522$268$36,333,7524Paramount