Grosses

'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 Mon, Jul. 21 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$24,493,679-44%4,366--$5,610$182,906,2861Warner Bros.
2Mamma Mia!$4,093,527-49%2,976--$1,376$31,844,7291Universal
3Hancock$1,684,167-58%3,776-189$446$193,228,1393Sony / Columbia
4Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,624,983-58%2,83019$574$45,132,1702Warner Bros. / New Line
5WALL-E$1,425,562-55%3,310-539$431$184,160,4224Disney
6Hellboy II: The Golden Army$1,172,420-63%3,2128$365$57,699,1822Universal
7Space Chimps$987,109-51%2,511--$393$8,170,1451Fox
8Wanted (2008)$656,617-57%2,433-724$270$123,980,2814Universal
9Get Smart$558,110-49%2,135-951$261$120,169,4985Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda$282,121-54%1,505-1199$187$206,899,3547Paramount / DreamWorks