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, Oct. 28 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 28 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$7,445,733--3,481--$2,139$7,445,7330Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$1,466,726-14%1,9451185$754$66,605,5982Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$908,293-23%2,8900$314$43,151,7972Overture
4Where the Wild Things Are$715,319-15%3,683-52$194$55,953,5812Warner Bros.
5Saw VI$675,106-24%3,036--$222$16,570,9781Lionsgate
6Couples Retreat$646,770-19%3,07465$210$79,874,7593Universal
7Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$317,359-18%2,754--$115$7,380,1551Universal
8Zombieland$295,460-21%2,447-724$121$68,227,8194Sony / Columbia
9The Stepfather (2009)$272,652-23%2,7340$100$21,030,9982Sony / Screen Gems
10Astro Boy$258,459-13%3,014--$86$7,567,7801Summit