'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. 15 - Sun, Jul. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Staying Alive$12,146,143--1,660--$7,317$12,146,1431Paramount
2Return of the Jedi$8,270,85013%1,644343$5,031$132,031,2368Fox
3Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1983 re-issue)$6,017,914--1,362--$4,418$6,017,9141Disney
4Trading Places$4,304,788-10%1,227-53$3,508$35,458,3146Paramount
6Superman III$2,777,741-28%1,173-439$2,368$36,309,7195Warner Bros.
7Porky's II: The Next Day$2,551,886-27%1,213-218$2,104$18,623,5724Fox
8Stroker Ace$1,573,580-44%1,010-365$1,558$9,050,8403Universal