'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, Oct. 22 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 22 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Prestige$3,808,569-35%2,281--$1,670$14,802,1341Disney
2The Departed$3,528,105-39%3,005-12$1,174$76,936,1273Warner Bros.
3Flags of Our Fathers$2,705,275-33%1,876--$1,442$10,245,0531Paramount / DreamWorks
4Open Season (2006)$2,431,946-32%3,379-308$720$69,765,4344Sony / Columbia
6Man of the Year (2006)$1,651,760-46%2,5227$655$22,415,5572Universal
7The Grudge 2$1,610,835-53%3,2143$501$31,335,7462Sony / Columbia
8The Marine$1,095,196-34%2,5450$430$12,617,0442Fox
9The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$969,555-41%2,569-251$377$35,898,7513New Line
10The Guardian (2006)$913,665-44%2,558-486$357$46,560,5984Disney