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 Thu, Mar. 19 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 19 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Race to Witch Mountain$1,811,6874%3,187--$568$31,710,2411Disney
2Watchmen$1,351,770-1%3,6110$374$91,342,0442Warner Bros.
3The Last House on the Left (2009)$960,6080%2,401--$400$18,127,9591Universal / Rogue
4Taken$617,2986%2,858-158$216$129,031,4307Fox
5Slumdog Millionaire$484,735-1%2,578-312$188$134,501,79018Fox Searchlight
6Paul Blart: Mall Cop$394,8008%2,281-277$173$139,212,6969Sony / Columbia
7Coraline$388,3493%1,768-191$220$70,708,1716Focus
8Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail$379,4016%2,20352$172$84,699,2934Lionsgate
9He's Just Not That Into You$342,1744%1,890-555$181$90,298,1886Warner Bros. / New Line
10Miss March$255,792-3%1,742--$147$3,459,2741Fox Searchlight