'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, Dec. 19 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 19 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$21,811,25328%3,703--$5,890$73,281,3011New Line
2Mona Lisa Smile$4,116,646--2,677--$1,538$4,116,6461Sony / Columbia
3Something's Gotta Give$3,225,041123%2,6770$1,205$25,238,1592Sony / Columbia
4The Last Samurai$2,108,90799%2,93830$718$53,827,9313Warner Bros.
5Stuck on You$1,639,264201%3,0074$545$13,338,6442Fox
6Elf$1,430,855179%2,451-425$584$150,761,7047New Line
7Bad Santa$1,378,834160%2,225-315$620$39,197,5004Miramax / Dimension
8Love Don't Cost a Thing$1,164,505271%1,8440$632$8,606,1452Warner Bros.
9The Haunted Mansion$950,137224%2,414-587$394$55,825,1604Disney
10Honey (2003)$848,622204%1,824-148$465$21,738,8313Universal