'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, Aug. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$8,099,47639%2,690156$3,011$65,260,1882Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,728,83445%3,471-220$1,939$128,821,0133Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,429,73410%3,295--$1,344$8,444,7981Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,562,080-3%3,015--$1,181$7,235,7151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$3,167,56342%3,057-370$1,036$115,141,5724Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$3,152,16529%3,1550$999$30,221,9012Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,972,974-3%3,114--$955$6,047,3451Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$2,443,03422%2,8880$846$23,903,4452Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,968,64533%1,940-695$1,015$62,915,0374Warner Bros.
10One Day$1,893,4642%1,721--$1,100$3,741,9421Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$1,792,53050%2,213-1097$810$88,270,0904Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,777,48450%1,738-676$1,023$364,460,3136Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,726,84645%1,988-847$869$163,546,7325Paramount
14The Change-Up$1,175,76036%1,633-1280$720$31,186,3053Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$675,54915%1,982-58$341$9,902,5212Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$539,94939%755-583$715$112,224,5907Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$337,60175%201100$1,680$2,833,1645Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$256,29950%484-402$530$348,360,6018Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$218,96430%413-881$530$54,565,6245Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$175,03433%370-378$473$76,672,8387Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$143,46447%2420$593$115,506,74110Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$128,71743%274-20$470$66,543,51710Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$121,22747%237-15$512$163,862,11713Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Hangover Part II$55,91242%193-39$290$254,138,22913Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$54,68333%146-37$375$145,903,96912Fox
12Bad Teacher$47,36827%100-49$474$98,086,8719Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$29,93537%107-17$280$22,794,9438Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$72,64722%490$1,483$11,699,92520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$59,77859%83-6$720$950,2604Lionsgate
3Another Earth$59,18953%875$680$890,6225Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$50,42361%96-22$525$12,655,74713Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$42,44338%86-22$494$125,663,05411Paramount
6Attack the Block$32,17535%444$731$576,8654Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$24,40437%3111$787$314,0624Roadside Attractions
9Rio (2011)$16,95986%68-31$249$143,546,24319Fox
11A Better Life$9,31735%6514$143$1,725,5229Summit
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,85549%37-67$212$1,276,3026Fox Searchlight
13Project Nim$4,53952%12-6$378$330,1437Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$2,1923%2--$1,096$4,3301Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$1,07910%41$270$2,705,37915Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$61621%42$154$11,535,11419Roadside Attractions
18Daylight (2011)$363-8%1--$363$3,7526Cinema Purgatorio
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$223-69%30$74$237,59849Collective Eye