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 Fri, Jan. 23 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 23 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$8,028,095--2,942--$2,729$8,028,0951Sony / Screen Gems
2Paul Blart: Mall Cop$5,612,378339%3,1440$1,785$48,912,8892Sony / Columbia
3Gran Torino$4,286,701147%3,04573$1,408$85,863,3193Warner Bros.
4My Bloody Valentine 3D$3,121,241172%2,5340$1,232$30,795,7962Lionsgate
5Slumdog Millionaire$2,758,194322%1,411829$1,955$48,123,96011Fox Searchlight
6Hotel for Dogs$2,544,741387%3,2710$778$27,139,2392Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bride Wars$2,141,925206%2,621-607$817$43,842,7273Fox
8Inkheart$2,103,420--2,655--$792$2,103,4201Warner Bros. / New Line
9Notorious (2009)$1,773,678125%1,6414$1,081$27,868,3812Fox Searchlight
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,664,153154%2,26340$735$106,705,0125Paramount