'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 Sun, Dec. 28 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 28 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$14,196,584-18%3,7030$3,834$222,269,3082New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$7,826,407-21%3,298--$2,373$35,397,5661Fox
3Cold Mountain$4,059,601-23%2,163--$1,877$19,081,0651Miramax
4Something's Gotta Give$3,901,373-23%2,70932$1,440$55,898,1313Sony / Columbia
6Mona Lisa Smile$3,312,276-17%2,6770$1,237$31,224,9672Sony / Columbia
7Peter Pan (2003)$3,249,179-16%2,813--$1,155$14,627,9331Universal
8The Last Samurai$2,557,835-12%2,557-381$1,000$74,326,2634Warner Bros.
9Bad Santa$1,259,265-22%1,710-515$736$50,962,1635Miramax / Dimension
10Stuck on You$1,079,765-17%2,400-607$450$24,412,0173Fox