'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, Sep. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$9,014,605-31%3,119--$2,890$30,304,5391Sony / Columbia
2The Informant!$2,427,253-44%2,505--$969$10,463,8801Warner Bros.
3Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself$2,244,259-51%2,2550$995$37,750,9362Lionsgate
4Love Happens$1,784,374-44%1,898--$940$8,057,2791Universal
59 (2009)$1,550,539-36%2,060399$753$22,916,5082Focus
6Jennifer's Body$1,542,268-39%2,702--$571$6,867,4071Fox
7Inglourious Basterds$1,001,781-38%2,519-696$398$110,117,5015Weinstein Company
8All About Steve$754,526-49%2,159-106$349$26,651,1943Fox
9The Final Destination$635,075-37%1,805-927$352$62,406,6514Warner Bros. / New Line
10Sorority Row$584,903-45%2,591-74$226$8,880,3232Summit