'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, Jan. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Book of Eli$7,501,15452%3,1110$2,411$57,436,9162Warner Bros.
3Legion$7,090,3566%2,476--$2,864$13,776,5891Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tooth Fairy$6,751,76490%3,344--$2,019$10,296,2761Fox
5The Lovely Bones$3,894,39450%2,5718$1,515$29,314,6277Paramount / DreamWorks
6Sherlock Holmes$3,296,19367%2,670-503$1,235$189,715,0325Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,239,989132%2,973-323$1,090$202,530,2815Fox
8Extraordinary Measures$2,821,56738%2,545--$1,109$4,859,5331CBS Films
9It's Complicated$2,818,72562%2,301-369$1,225$97,016,0405Universal
10The Spy Next Door$2,230,249114%2,9240$763$17,231,8062Lionsgate