'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 Fri, Aug. 8 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pineapple Express$7,913,52832%3,072--$2,576$25,987,4831Sony / Columbia
2The Dark Knight$7,577,87260%4,025-241$1,883$423,094,7374Warner Bros.
3The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$4,854,18270%3,77818$1,285$59,413,5292Universal
4The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$3,926,68622%2,707--$1,451$12,869,0591Warner Bros.
5Step Brothers$2,765,14966%3,18288$869$74,765,3543Sony / Columbia
6Mamma Mia!$2,459,40424%3,194132$770$98,395,9604Universal
7Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,402,14756%1,970-315$712$78,311,1655Warner Bros. / New Line
8Hancock$1,027,55694%2,258-524$455$219,438,0116Sony / Columbia
9Swing Vote$927,31568%2,2130$419$9,822,5082Disney