'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, Oct. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$9,420,228-38%3,412--$2,761$24,530,3341Paramount
2Argo$7,478,00648%3,24715$2,303$39,110,6102Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$6,048,89241%3,489-217$1,734$102,905,2553Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$5,868,88562%3,3849$1,734$115,005,4984Sony / Columbia
5Alex Cross$4,836,70620%2,539--$1,905$8,866,7301Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$3,816,63728%2,54215$1,501$29,729,0262Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$3,784,74646%3,0140$1,256$21,093,2212Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$2,965,92530%2,660-127$1,115$44,013,8684Universal
10Looper$1,867,92645%2,223-382$840$56,793,9654Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$1,464,62746%1,4800$990$8,354,6722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$936,28731%74519$1,257$8,619,2415Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$356,20849%751-800$474$37,664,0365Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$330,60940%925-887$357$33,922,3985Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$250,18727%945-67$265$2,692,8192Atlas Distribution
5The Master$240,24159%412-270$583$14,608,6206Weinstein Company
6House at the End of the Street$231,77544%746-1120$311$30,706,7485Relativity Media
7The Dark Knight Rises$160,36251%345-120$465$446,670,78414Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$142,71991%169-25$844$6,991,7506Roadside Attractions
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$85,85774%222-15$387$160,015,49315Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$75,40038%232-13$325$112,771,58511Universal
12Resident Evil: Retribution$46,92164%158-191$297$41,928,5176Sony / Screen Gems
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$45,80171%149-27$307$48,544,60112Fox
14Dredd 3D$44,69249%1605$279$13,293,8895Lionsgate
15Lawless$37,14842%184-103$202$37,241,2958Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$31,61045%109-36$290$218,612,33017Universal
17The Possession$29,34760%133-236$221$48,823,0598Lionsgate
18Hope Springs (2012)$27,45539%131-84$210$63,521,18711Sony / Columbia
19Premium Rush$23,58352%119-44$198$20,262,0149Sony / Columbia
20Won't Back Down$19,63054%168-345$117$5,216,2474Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$48,32141%4--$12,080$82,6051Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$32,9928%520$634$9,246,57527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$20,90463%601$348$12,811,25122Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$20,83563%92-54$226$84,561,78110Lionsgate
5The Campaign$14,90332%74-27$201$86,429,45611Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,9949%300$400$21,081,06981Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Simon and the Oaks$10,27966%76$1,468$30,7362The Film Arcade
8Moonrise Kingdom$8,25030%29-27$284$45,484,38222Focus
9The Other Dream Team$8,0419%131$619$95,1594The Film Arcade
10War of the Buttons (2012)$7,90566%3530$226$19,6822Weinstein Company
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$7,70644%28-8$275$11,182,27617Fox Searchlight
12Barfi!$5,079131%10-24$508$2,796,3406UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$2,139159%2-1$1,070$211,1314UTV Communications
14Gayby$80020%1--$800$7,7702The Film Collaborative
15Husbands In Goa$400--20$200$8,9855UTV Communications