'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, Aug. 29 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 29 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$10,159,267-6%3,121--$3,255$21,005,6361Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$8,072,66438%3,1650$2,551$67,635,1062Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$5,646,130-26%3,025--$1,866$13,272,5841Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$4,383,19048%3,180130$1,378$87,462,9313Sony / TriStar
5G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$3,495,62754%3,467-486$1,008$130,193,8214Paramount
6Julie & Julia$3,109,08449%2,50340$1,242$68,791,3714Sony / Columbia
7The Time Traveler's Wife$2,798,23333%2,961-27$945$46,357,0363Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$2,102,90267%3,1050$677$12,057,5482Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$1,441,68721%1,393--$1,035$2,649,3521Focus Features