'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, Apr. 22 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 22 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fracture$2,714,315-41%2,443--$1,111$11,015,7701New Line
2Disturbia$2,664,880-52%3,01590$884$40,204,3842Paramount / DreamWorks
3Meet the Robinsons$1,960,192-38%3,003-235$653$82,093,6394Disney
4Vacancy$1,782,525-41%2,551--$699$7,603,5631Sony / Screen Gems
5Blades of Glory$1,758,601-49%3,459-8$508$100,952,6764Paramount / DreamWorks
6Are We Done Yet?$1,404,771-42%2,94467$477$39,570,7233Sony / Columbia
7Perfect Stranger$1,056,439-41%2,6610$397$18,073,2482Sony / Columbia
8In the Land of Women$953,700-49%2,155--$443$4,713,1621Warner Bros.
9300$632,715-35%1,508-632$420$204,647,5427Warner Bros.
10Wild Hogs$623,912-54%2,001-428$312$156,161,1578Disney