'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, Jul. 15 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 15 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$22,955,159-19%4,285--$5,357$139,714,1151Warner Bros.
2Transformers$11,700,918-19%4,05039$2,889$224,011,1962Paramount / DreamWorks
4Live Free or Die Hard$3,390,210-27%3,201-210$1,059$103,323,8953Fox
5License to Wed$2,058,151-29%2,715111$758$30,382,1402Warner Bros.
6Evan Almighty$1,415,918-28%2,697-763$525$87,787,7914Universal
71408$1,386,460-28%2,206-425$628$62,127,9804MGM / Weinstein
8Knocked Up$1,085,178-28%1,710-503$635$138,219,0037Universal
9Ocean's Thirteen$556,676-33%1,244-858$447$112,511,5926Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$489,159-28%1,312-1306$373$127,191,1275Fox