'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 Thu, Jan. 15 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 15 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gran Torino$2,466,8333%2,8082724$879$50,998,1461Warner Bros.
2Bride Wars$1,275,39616%3,226--$395$25,827,1971Fox
3The Unborn (2009)$836,11413%2,357--$355$23,237,7451Universal / Rogue
4The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$719,0443%2,947-41$244$97,022,8793Paramount
5Marley & Me$689,96012%3,478-27$198$126,408,2193Fox
6Valkyrie$561,5225%2,83860$198$73,720,0223MGM / United Artists
7Bedtime Stories$442,24632%3,511-173$126$98,902,7713Disney
8Yes Man$431,38810%2,955-479$146$90,959,4444Warner Bros.
9Seven Pounds$305,5195%2,456-302$124$67,953,9374Sony / Columbia
10Twilight (2008)$292,37116%1,466-422$199$182,465,1158Summit