'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, Jan. 12 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 12 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bucket List$8,271,66330%2,9112895$2,842$16,081,5161Warner Bros.
2First Sunday$7,673,72225%2,213--$3,468$13,831,1521Sony / Screen Gems
3Juno$5,826,43927%2,448523$2,380$67,669,8673Fox Searchlight
4National Treasure: Book of Secrets$5,170,85258%3,377-385$1,531$184,253,9124Disney
5Alvin and the Chipmunks$4,351,683116%3,384-78$1,286$185,005,2535Fox
6I Am Legend$3,684,93344%3,353-295$1,099$238,342,5065Warner Bros.
7One Missed Call$2,701,65827%2,2400$1,206$19,347,6762Warner Bros.
8P.S. I Love You$2,081,51128%2,323-148$896$45,711,5044Warner Bros.
9The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything$1,944,40674%1,337--$1,454$3,061,1291Universal
10Charlie Wilson's War$1,854,28138%2,408-186$770$58,425,4554Universal