'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, Mar. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$17,519,36345%4,055--$4,320$29,631,1291Paramount / DreamWorks
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$7,434,11151%3,384-355$2,197$288,177,7014Disney
3Hot Tub Time Machine$5,239,8138%2,754--$1,903$10,086,6721MGM
4The Bounty Hunter$5,011,23423%3,0740$1,630$35,504,3512Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$4,234,71148%3,0836$1,374$32,880,2642Fox
6Green Zone$1,423,02041%2,564-440$555$29,526,3253Universal
7She's Out of My League$1,381,39717%2,432-526$568$24,638,2863Paramount
8Shutter Island$1,355,31142%2,123-581$638$119,737,3146Paramount
9Repo Men$1,184,02527%2,519-2$470$10,410,5752Universal
10Our Family Wedding$1,019,92950%1,132-477$901$16,287,7143Fox Searchlight