'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. 11 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 11 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pink Panther (2006)$9,264,72757%3,477--$2,665$15,156,7711Sony / Columbia
2Final Destination 3$7,629,4987%2,880--$2,649$14,750,1331New Line
3Curious George$6,800,17981%2,566--$2,650$10,560,0111Universal
4Firewall$6,085,13040%2,840--$2,143$10,416,4931Warner Bros.
5When a Stranger Calls (2006)$4,108,74727%3,0045$1,368$32,189,8232Sony / Screen Gems
6Big Momma's House 2$3,321,84878%2,733-528$1,215$53,161,3003Fox
7Nanny McPhee$2,395,140107%2,1482$1,115$31,569,4093Universal
8Brokeback Mountain$1,802,84858%1,966-123$917$65,411,17110Focus
9Hoodwinked$1,159,836138%2,085-822$556$46,507,0385The Weinstein Company
10Underworld: Evolution$1,123,54365%1,835-1035$612$56,552,6884Sony / Screen Gems