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 Wed, Feb. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Valentine's Day$2,226,347-17%3,665--$607$68,047,8131Warner Bros. / New Line
2Avatar$1,711,050-7%2,685-315$637$670,296,7459Fox
3The Wolfman$1,562,670-16%3,222--$485$38,986,5001Universal
4Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$1,452,957-24%3,356--$433$42,021,7691Fox
5Dear John$803,791-15%2,9756$270$57,823,2682Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tooth Fairy$444,900-17%2,748-470$162$44,917,6454Fox
7From Paris with Love$392,880-12%2,7220$144$18,304,6842Lionsgate
8Crazy Heart$336,516-9%1,005186$335$18,216,9269Fox Searchlight
9Edge of Darkness$335,683-9%2,615-451$128$37,759,1773Warner Bros.
10The Book of Eli$230,050-7%1,825-995$126$88,642,9615Warner Bros.