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, May. 14 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 14 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek$5,608,378-3%3,8490$1,457$104,611,4371Paramount
2X-Men Origins: Wolverine$1,682,956-1%4,1023$410$136,290,5772Fox
3Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$783,8730%3,1750$247$33,203,2312Warner Bros. / New Line
4Obsessed$419,262-3%2,60288$161$58,020,1893Sony / Screen Gems
5Earth (2009)$331,83818%1,794-10$185$27,388,9123Disneynature
6The Soloist$324,5435%2,09057$155$25,102,3983Paramount / DreamWorks
7Next Day Air$270,367-7%1,138--$238$5,367,3721Summit
817 Again$257,5496%2,903-352$89$55,000,0484Warner Bros. / New Line
9Monsters vs. Aliens$207,8518%2,185-441$95$187,558,2287Paramount / DreamWorks
10State of Play$169,30210%1,541-904$110$34,609,3924Universal