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 Wed, Sep. 30 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 30 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Surrogates$921,368-21%2,951--$312$18,168,9821Disney
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$907,334-9%3,1190$291$64,706,0002Sony / Columbia
3The Informant!$507,171-14%2,5050$202$22,306,8072Warner Bros.
4Fame (2009)$386,770-18%3,096--$125$11,500,8741MGM
5Love Happens$351,736-12%1,8980$185$15,799,5712Universal
6Pandorum$330,519-19%2,506--$132$5,576,6991Overture
7Inglourious Basterds$253,660-9%1,960-559$129$115,221,8186Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself$242,729-14%2,120-135$114$45,429,5323Lionsgate
9Jennifer's Body$238,972-14%2,73836$87$13,278,1852Fox
109 (2009)$176,355-12%1,592-468$111$27,859,4823Focus