'Guardians of the Galaxy' Returns to First Place with $2.6 Million on Wednesday; 'Turtles' Adds $2.4 MillionAugust 21, 2014 06:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Guardians of the Galaxy pushed across the $230 million threshold yesterday with a 46 percent Wednesday-to-Wednesday decline for $2.6 million. The eventual summer box office champion has earned $231.7 million through 20 days of release, or 12 percent more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 8 percent more than Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Paramount reports that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles added $2.41 million on Wednesday, down 53 percent from the same day last week. That gives the reboot a 13-day domestic haul of $126.5 million--19 percent ahead of where G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra stood at the same point five years ago.

Fox's Let's Be Cops earned $1.77 million on Wednesday, down 66 percent from its opening day one week ago. The comedy has tallied $32.6 million to date and trails the pace of 2008's Pineapple Express by 36 percent.

The Giver took in $1.12 million on Wednesday, pushing its 6-day haul up to $16.3 million. The young adult adaptation is running 20 percent ahead of the pace of The Host.

Rounding out the top five, The Expendables 3 posted $1.085 million yesterday, giving it a 6-day domestic cume of $19.9 million. Unfortunately, the three-quel trails the pace of its predecessor by 46 percent at the same point in the release cycle.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Return of the Jedi$12,038,6268%1,296-6$9,289$116,422,4606Fox
2Superman III$7,263,821-20%1,76311$4,120$29,684,9043Warner Bros.
3Trading Places$6,537,14419%1,290-78$5,068$26,393,6914Paramount
4Twilight Zone: The Movie$5,829,772-12%1,28813$4,526$12,444,1382Warner Bros.
5Porky's II: The Next Day$5,539,971-21%1,56453$3,542$12,594,9592Fox
7Stroker Ace$4,668,135--1,385--$3,370$4,668,1351Universal
8The Survivors$2,708,984-11%1,0148$2,672$5,753,9112Columbia