'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. 4 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 4 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Because I Said So$2,475,417-58%2,526--$980$13,124,0481Universal
2The Messengers$2,061,245-69%2,528--$815$14,713,1631Sony / Screen Gems
3Epic Movie$1,456,011-65%2,84039$513$29,556,0362Fox
4Night at the Museum$1,260,788-63%3,003-238$420$225,002,6727Fox
5Smokin' Aces$898,582-70%2,2191$405$24,742,4842Universal
6Pan's Labyrinth$771,833-57%1,082259$713$21,712,3226Picturehouse
7Dreamgirls$747,500-64%2,79712$267$92,752,9116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Stomp the Yard$657,136-70%2,16954$303$55,859,0864Sony / Screen Gems
9The Queen$589,064-55%1,85020$318$45,410,82919Miramax
10The Pursuit of Happyness$460,691-71%2,233-455$206$157,216,9928Sony / Columbia