'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 Sun, Aug. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,966,318-17%3,648--$4,377$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$6,680,744-17%3,3950$1,968$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$4,692,695-26%3,7544$1,250$67,349,5202Universal
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,235,921-12%3,175-970$1,334$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$4,043,499-22%3,620-95$1,117$143,203,9673Paramount
6The Change-Up$3,757,770-25%2,913--$1,290$13,531,1151Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,574,782-24%3,0200$1,184$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$1,410,346-22%2,398-528$588$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$1,361,451-27%2,025-485$672$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$973,893-22%1,854-750$525$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$627,589-28%1,724-694$364$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$437,753-9%926-837$473$184,807,3307Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$317,2444%716-916$443$24,440,6284Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$151,543-24%290-29$523$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$112,181-33%327-85$343$65,426,9698Fox
6X-Men: First Class$91,870-39%236-18$389$145,292,35110Fox
7Bad Teacher$86,823-38%350-415$248$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$85,840-26%303-43$283$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$84,149-21%170-26$495$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,448-17%11623$521$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
12Super 8$48,040-30%174-151$276$125,316,7999Paramount
13Rio (2011)$43,351-21%139-35$312$143,323,28117Fox
14Larry Crowne$42,365-39%229-106$185$35,398,4856Universal
15Monte Carlo$33,449-35%141-27$237$22,516,0996Fox
17Green Lantern$30,881-27%108-27$286$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$190,638-17%6734$2,845$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,401-2%490$1,682$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$65,832-12%3328$1,995$342,1512Lionsgate
4Another Earth$57,947-13%5535$1,054$452,7793Fox Searchlight
5The Future$29,256-15%1817$1,625$130,2712Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$25,119-16%80$3,140$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$18,065-24%86-39$210$209,805,00515Universal
8A Better Life$12,484-31%74-34$169$1,664,3397Summit
9Gun Hill Road$11,137-10%3--$3,712$37,9631Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,814-14%88-73$100$14,959,1599Relativity Media
11Project Nim$8,487-7%210$404$270,1235Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$2,980-29%53$596$106,33912Image Entertainment
14Singham$1,63320%9-30$181$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
15Delhi Belly$1,278-44%6-1$213$1,531,7576UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$928-39%80$116$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
17Submarine$912-24%10-9$91$459,23510Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$514-41%31$171$115,97710Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2209%20$110$233,83847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$9678%2-1$48$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions