'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 8 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 8 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Watcher$2,879,601--2,742--$1,050$2,879,6011Universal
2Nurse Betty$2,116,738--1,459--$1,451$2,116,7381USA Films
3Bring It On$1,908,439486%2,4166$790$39,893,5983Universal
4Space Cowboys$877,346188%2,607-188$337$76,374,2696Warner Bros.
5What Lies Beneath$800,777211%2,166-241$370$140,412,2728DreamWorks
6Highlander: Endgame$519,897107%1,5452$337$7,699,9312Miramax / Dimension
7The Replacements$497,802206%2,058-427$242$37,944,5605Warner Bros.
8Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$398,908275%1,694-439$235$115,796,3457Universal