'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 Thu, Sep. 21 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 21 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Watcher$384,354-7%2,7453$140$19,092,9112Universal
2Nurse Betty$282,307-16%1,46910$192$15,050,4722USA Films
3Bring It On$206,80914%2,42711$85$51,720,8504Universal
4What Lies Beneath$175,2068%2,007-159$87$146,238,7069DreamWorks
5The Replacements$103,03511%1,713-345$60$40,321,2966Warner Bros.
6Highlander: Endgame$95,888-3%1,5461$62$10,446,3583Miramax / Dimension
7Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$63,34411%1,402-292$45$118,782,6748Universal