'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, Apr. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
117 Again$9,417,521--3,255--$2,893$9,417,5211Warner Bros. / New Line
2State of Play$4,583,191--2,803--$1,635$4,583,1911Universal
3Hannah Montana: The Movie$4,024,582124%3,1180$1,291$47,490,7142Disney
4Fast & Furious$3,893,838152%3,674202$1,060$128,324,0013Universal
5Monsters vs. Aliens$3,521,66899%3,662-474$962$153,348,5884Paramount / DreamWorks
6Crank: High Voltage$2,702,168--2,223--$1,216$2,702,1681Lionsgate
7Observe and Report$1,421,35191%2,7270$521$16,061,3192Warner Bros.
9I Love You, Man$1,084,883103%2,202-441$493$62,370,8145Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Haunting in Connecticut$1,080,252125%2,255-466$479$49,850,0624Lionsgate