NORTH AMERICA: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Leads on Thursday with $0.84M

Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy grossed $0.841 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a thirteenth consecutive day. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel did slide 14 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day’s poorer daily percentage holds among wide releases. Daily percentage declines were noteworthy in general on Thursday, due in part to the NFL opening night game between Seattle and Green Bay. Guardians of the Galaxy was down 46 percent from last Thursday. The film led the weekly box office with $26.11 million. That represented a strong 8 percent increase over the previous week and brings the film’s five-week total to a massive $284.41 million.

The November Man was up one spot from Wednesday to take second on Thursday with $0.501 million. Relativity’s action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 40 percent from last Thursday. The November Man finished in fifth for the week with $11.98 million and has grossed $13.67 million in nine days of release. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the $17.09 million seven-day start of 2011’s The Debt.

Let’s Be Cops was also up one spot over Wednesday to place in third with $0.471 million. Fox’s low-budget action comedy fell 8 percent from Wednesday and 45 percent from last Thursday. Let’s Be Cops placed in fourth for the week with $12.08 million. That was down 19 percent from the previous frame and brings the film’s 23-day total to a very solid $61.19 million.

Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell two spots from Wednesday to land in fourth on Thursday with $0.462 million. The successful franchise re-launch fell 15 percent from Wednesday (which represented the day’s poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases) and 57 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took second place for the week with $17.49 million. The film was down 20 percent from the previous frame and continues to exceed expectations with a strong $168.15 million in four weeks.

Warner’s If I Stay was up one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday’s top five with $0.423 million. The low-budget drama was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 59 percent from last Thursday. If I Stay landed in third for the week with $13.35 million. That represented a 35 percent decline from the film’s opening week performance and brings the film’s two-week total to a solid $33.91 million.

Universal’s As Above/So Below followed very closely behind in sixth with $0.422 million. The low-budget horror film fell 11 percent from Wednesday. As Above/So Below placed in sixth for the week with a seven-day take of $11.85 million. That was on the low end of expectations and places the film 2 percent behind the $12.09 million seven-day start of 2011’s Apollo 18.

Boxoffice Staff

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