'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, Dec. 27 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 27 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marley & Me$12,717,689-9%3,480--$3,655$41,050,7631Fox
2Bedtime Stories$9,926,006-2%3,681--$2,697$30,634,0501Disney
3The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$9,343,673-8%2,988--$3,127$31,359,6851Paramount
4Valkyrie$7,443,237-9%2,711--$2,746$24,129,0351MGM / United Artists
5Yes Man$5,850,402-1%3,4340$1,704$44,924,3982Warner Bros.
6Seven Pounds$4,848,4182%2,7580$1,758$35,163,9402Sony / Columbia
7The Tale of Despereaux$3,293,7854%3,1073$1,060$25,025,2552Universal
8The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$2,868,1743%2,402-1158$1,194$61,438,0433Fox
9The Spirit$2,162,840-17%2,509--$862$8,615,9701Lionsgate