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 Thu, Dec. 31 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 31 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$14,925,000-19%3,4564$4,319$283,985,0762Fox
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$8,750,000-26%3,70044$2,365$120,882,9131Fox
3Sherlock Holmes$8,691,781-11%3,626--$2,397$102,102,9561Warner Bros.
4It's Complicated$5,326,51521%2,887--$1,845$40,375,8751Universal
5The Blind Side$3,440,00013%2,766-641$1,244$196,403,3416Warner Bros.
6Up in the Air$2,837,00023%1,8950$1,497$33,666,8774Paramount
7The Princess and the Frog$2,628,000-21%3,4750$756$76,069,8063Disney
8Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,300,0008%2,7180$478$20,417,3082Sony / Columbia
9Invictus$985,00010%2,16035$456$26,624,6773Warner Bros.
10Nine$863,500-15%1,412--$612$9,796,0652The Weinstein Company