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 Sun, May. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek$12,990,378-29%3,86011$3,365$147,646,9832Paramount
2Angels & Demons$12,106,422-31%3,527--$3,432$46,204,6311Sony / Columbia
3X-Men Origins: Wolverine$4,084,014-37%3,892-210$1,049$150,992,7003Fox
4Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,653,369-42%3,150-25$525$39,857,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
5Monsters vs. Aliens$1,121,593-24%1,951-234$575$190,741,0758Paramount / DreamWorks
6Obsessed$1,045,743-48%2,63432$397$62,609,5674Sony / Screen Gems
717 Again$898,519-40%2,450-453$367$58,367,7715Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Soloist$651,567-40%2,022-68$322$27,504,9094Paramount / DreamWorks
9Next Day Air$589,972-39%1,1391$518$7,612,8082Summit
10Earth (2009)$567,115-17%1,584-210$358$29,087,0354Disneynature