'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, Nov. 1 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 1 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$8,326,41018%3,481--$2,392$34,440,9081Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$3,806,029-42%2,404459$1,583$84,625,6793Paramount
3Where the Wild Things Are$2,298,16436%3,645-90$630$62,652,5073Warner Bros.
4Law Abiding Citizen$2,239,494-19%2,764-126$810$51,481,6623Overture
5Couples Retreat$1,845,773-17%3,026-48$610$87,027,6554Universal
6Astro Boy$1,517,87957%3,0206$503$11,316,9402Summit
7Saw VI$1,269,802-39%3,0360$418$22,532,8912Lionsgate
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$1,096,50537%2,322-419$472$118,603,7687Sony / Columbia
9Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$1,032,336-4%2,7540$375$10,808,2172Universal
10The Stepfather (2009)$835,248-29%2,346-388$356$24,555,6863Sony / Screen Gems