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 Fri, Nov. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: New Moon$72,703,297--4,024--$18,067$72,703,2971Summit
2The Blind Side$11,038,385--3,110--$3,549$11,038,3851Warner Bros.
32012$8,137,951156%3,4084$2,388$89,858,7122Sony / Columbia
4Planet 51$3,185,368--3,035--$1,050$3,185,3681Sony / TriStar
5Disney's A Christmas Carol$3,074,332196%3,578-105$859$70,636,7173Disney
6The Men Who Stare at Goats$861,217108%2,056-397$419$25,711,9803Overture
7Couples Retreat$650,681205%1,712-797$380$103,701,7267Universal
8The Fourth Kind$626,783148%1,648-882$380$22,240,6293Universal
9Paranormal Activity$502,534127%1,902-810$264$105,180,5476Paramount
10Law Abiding Citizen$499,55185%1,327-744$376$68,908,6046Overture