'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 Sat, May. 23 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 23 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$20,086,48529%4,096--$4,904$35,655,0761Fox
2Terminator Salvation$14,532,380-2%3,530--$4,117$42,717,5471Warner Bros.
3Star Trek$8,500,64444%4,053193$2,097$176,031,4223Paramount
4Angels & Demons$8,018,61034%3,5270$2,273$74,120,3392Sony / Columbia
5Dance Flick$3,827,325-3%2,450--$1,562$7,754,1391Paramount
6X-Men Origins: Wolverine$3,008,55434%3,183-709$945$160,512,4734Fox
7Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,412,61723%2,255-895$626$44,704,5184Warner Bros. / New Line
8Obsessed$743,81527%1,603-1031$464$65,238,6485Sony / Screen Gems
9Monsters vs. Aliens$590,569101%1,434-517$412$192,537,3989Paramount / DreamWorks
1017 Again$387,20932%1,107-1343$350$59,994,6296Warner Bros. / New Line