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, Aug. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$6,503,822--3,319--$1,960$6,503,8220Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$3,002,511-15%3,862-266$777$451,895,0094Warner Bros.
3Pineapple Express$2,382,864-27%3,0720$776$50,832,3851Sony / Columbia
4The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$1,567,190-20%3,77818$415$76,548,6992Universal
5The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$1,536,867-14%2,70740$568$24,836,9471Warner Bros.
6Mamma Mia!$1,470,701-5%3,031-31$485$108,554,8554Universal
7Step Brothers$1,015,878-26%2,984-125$340$84,956,9983Sony / Columbia
8Journey to the Center of the Earth$691,397-12%1,778-297$389$84,006,6855Warner Bros. / New Line
9WALL-E$502,067-11%1,803-341$278$211,835,2387Disney
10Swing Vote$354,481-18%2,106-107$168$13,214,9142Disney