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 Wed, Jul. 23 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 23 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$18,377,333-12%4,366--$4,209$222,152,1791Warner Bros.
2Mamma Mia!$4,330,431-2%2,976--$1,455$40,608,7471Universal
3Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,902,6194%2,83019$672$48,858,8362Warner Bros. / New Line
4Hancock$1,629,814-5%3,776-189$432$196,566,3673Sony / Columbia
5WALL-E$1,605,2324%3,310-539$485$187,313,9174Disney
6Space Chimps$1,182,2975%2,511--$471$10,474,1511Fox
7Hellboy II: The Golden Army$1,060,372-8%3,2128$330$59,917,4172Universal
8Wanted (2008)$632,438-2%2,433-724$260$125,257,1084Universal
9Get Smart$584,102-1%2,135-951$274$121,345,1105Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda$354,20510%1,505-1199$235$207,576,0127Paramount / DreamWorks