'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 Wed, Mar. 24 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 24 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$1,631,570-11%3,25029$502$300,754,6274Newmarket
2Dawn of the Dead (2004)$1,427,198-21%2,745--$520$32,156,8941Universal
3Taking Lives$851,016-12%2,705--$315$14,281,6211Warner Bros.
4Starsky & Hutch$740,387-10%3,1850$232$69,815,2483Warner Bros.
5Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind$736,890-8%1,353--$545$10,517,6401Focus
7Secret Window$584,871-8%3,0180$194$34,623,7602Sony / Columbia
8Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London$329,9484%2,9730$111$18,320,8962MGM
950 First Dates$304,128-7%2,153-433$141$114,020,7126Sony / Columbia