'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, Mar. 11 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 11 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Failure to Launch$10,280,18321%3,057--$3,363$18,792,9731Paramount
2The Shaggy Dog (2006)$7,231,21174%3,501--$2,065$11,383,4821Disney
3The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$6,144,7029%2,620--$2,345$11,765,0291Fox Searchlight
416 Blocks$3,271,54950%2,7060$1,209$20,852,7052Warner Bros.
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$2,791,88076%1,812-382$1,541$54,328,2813Lionsgate
6Eight Below$2,479,99871%2,970-152$835$64,942,3664Disney
8The Pink Panther (2006)$1,663,09671%2,302-722$722$73,639,1185Sony / Columbia
9Ultraviolet$1,571,27948%2,5582303$614$13,781,5402Sony / Screen Gems
10Date Movie$1,109,21431%1,812-791$612$43,718,4394Fox