'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 Sat, Dec. 20 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 20 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$27,492,11826%3,703--$7,424$100,773,4191New Line
2Something's Gotta Give$4,706,01546%2,6770$1,758$29,944,1742Sony / Columbia
3Mona Lisa Smile$4,076,250-1%2,677--$1,523$8,192,8961Sony / Columbia
4The Last Samurai$2,997,01542%2,93830$1,020$56,824,9463Warner Bros.
5Elf$2,195,98753%2,451-425$896$152,957,6917New Line
6Bad Santa$2,000,87545%2,225-315$899$41,198,3754Miramax / Dimension
7Stuck on You$1,964,12520%3,0074$653$15,302,7692Fox
8The Haunted Mansion$1,641,91273%2,414-587$680$57,467,0724Disney
9Love Don't Cost a Thing$1,555,69534%1,8440$844$10,161,8402Warner Bros.
10Honey (2003)$1,085,59428%1,824-148$595$22,824,4253Universal