'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 Mon, Sep. 18 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 18 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gridiron Gang$840,026-75%3,504--$240$15,254,7601Sony / Columbia
2The Black Dahlia$779,180-67%2,226--$350$10,783,2361Universal
3The Last Kiss (2006)$354,085-68%1,357--$261$4,982,8181Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Covenant$326,651-73%2,6810$122$16,117,5672Sony / Screen Gems
6Little Miss Sunshine$262,914-67%1,436-124$183$46,627,3628Fox Searchlight
7The Illusionist (2006)$262,606-73%1,43876$183$23,395,9615Yari Film Group
8Invincible (2006)$243,980-67%2,830-157$86$51,361,5684Disney
9The Protector (2006)$239,720-69%1,5410$156$9,298,5262The Weinstein Company