'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. 22 - Sun, Sep. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Urban Legends: Final Cut$8,505,513--2,539--$3,350$8,505,5131Sony / Columbia
2Almost Famous$6,926,467199%1,1931062$5,806$9,241,1132DreamWorks
3Bring It On$4,275,412-16%2,45730$1,740$55,996,2625Universal
4The Watcher$3,666,099-37%2,77732$1,320$22,759,0103Universal
5Bait$3,365,674-39%2,3520$1,431$8,851,2652Warner Bros.
6Nurse Betty$3,270,176-30%1,49122$2,193$18,320,6483USA Films
7What Lies Beneath$2,192,543-9%1,819-188$1,205$148,431,24910DreamWorks
8Space Cowboys$2,156,506-14%2,170-291$994$83,698,1928Warner Bros.
9Woman on Top$2,008,191--1,085--$1,851$2,008,1911Fox Searchlight
10The Cell$1,604,220-34%1,903-347$843$34,897,8186New Line