'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, Jan. 2 - Sun, Jan. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$28,181,531-44%3,7030$7,610$290,413,6263New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$21,643,829-21%3,3079$6,545$85,619,7022Fox
3Something's Gotta Give$11,705,893-15%2,80899$4,169$81,208,3264Sony / Columbia
4Cold Mountain$11,579,747-21%2,21653$5,226$43,740,7772Miramax
6Peter Pan (2003)$8,818,539-21%2,8130$3,135$34,180,8412Universal
7Mona Lisa Smile$8,300,342-27%2,71437$3,058$50,005,3383Sony / Columbia
8The Last Samurai$7,374,072-11%2,401-156$3,071$90,020,7665Warner Bros.
9Bad Santa$2,937,737-35%1,7100$1,718$56,926,8606Miramax / Dimension
10Stuck on You$2,802,121-23%2,064-336$1,358$30,719,5074Fox