'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, Sep. 8 - Sun, Sep. 10

Wide (1000+)

1The Watcher$9,063,069--2,742--$3,305$9,063,0691Universal
2Nurse Betty$7,145,950--1,459--$4,898$7,145,9501USA Films
3Bring It On$6,811,850-40%2,4166$2,819$44,797,0093Universal
4The Cell$3,654,515-48%2,47632$1,476$30,845,5774New Line
5Space Cowboys$3,340,850-61%2,607-188$1,281$78,837,7736Warner Bros.
6What Lies Beneath$2,767,581-54%2,166-241$1,278$142,379,0768DreamWorks
7The Art of War$2,476,366-60%2,370-260$1,045$12,887,3593Warner Bros.
8The Way of the Gun$2,150,979--1,515--$1,420$2,150,9791Artisan
9Highlander: Endgame$1,915,328-69%1,5452$1,240$9,095,3622Miramax / Dimension
10The Replacements$1,764,843-61%2,058-427$858$39,211,6015Warner Bros.