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, Dec. 29 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 29 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marley & Me$7,506,337-23%3,480--$2,157$58,243,6001Fox
2Bedtime Stories$6,395,299-14%3,681--$1,737$44,423,3521Disney
3The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$5,001,646-32%2,988--$1,674$43,726,7231Paramount
4Valkyrie$4,070,845-24%2,711--$1,502$33,591,5661MGM / United Artists
5Yes Man$3,838,798-21%3,4340$1,118$53,638,4302Warner Bros.
6Seven Pounds$2,503,684-30%2,7580$908$41,264,2002Sony / Columbia
7The Tale of Despereaux$2,268,890-8%3,1073$730$29,765,0952Universal
8The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$1,371,895-33%2,402-1158$571$64,851,4823Fox
9Twilight (2008)$1,302,748-12%1,849-1142$705$168,627,9756Summit
10The Spirit$1,178,217-30%2,509--$470$11,484,7541Lionsgate