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 Sat, Nov. 7 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 7 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disney's A Christmas Carol$13,132,06448%3,683--$3,566$22,015,1131Disney
2Michael Jackson's This Is It$5,676,15341%3,4810$1,631$53,559,1542Sony / Columbia
3The Men Who Stare at Goats$5,290,06314%2,443--$2,165$9,931,6661Overture
4The Fourth Kind$4,776,602-4%2,527--$1,890$9,767,8051Universal
5Paranormal Activity$3,684,43329%2,558154$1,440$95,375,3944Paramount
6The Box$3,183,09112%2,635--$1,208$6,030,6671Warner Bros.
7Couples Retreat$2,885,15142%2,857-169$1,010$94,466,6085Universal
8Law Abiding Citizen$2,697,78143%2,474-290$1,090$59,280,5534Overture
9Where the Wild Things Are$1,867,96357%2,756-889$678$68,102,0734Warner Bros.
10Astro Boy$1,234,516126%1,918-1102$644$14,266,6153Summit