'Guardians' returns to reclaim U.S. box office win from 'Turtles'

Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:39pm EDT
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By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marvel's hit space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" returned to win the domestic box office race in its fourth week of release, slaying the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and ending the oversized reptiles' two-week reign at the top of the charts.

"Guardians," which also became the highest-grossing movie of the summer season, sold $17.6 million worth of tickets at U.S. and Canadian theaters for the three days starting on Friday.

"Turtles" took in $16.8 million in its third weekend to take second place. "If I Stay," a new release about a 17-year-old in a coma and clinging to life, was third with $16.4 million.

But "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the new, stylized sequel to the 2005 film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series, landed in a distant No. 8 spot with just $6.5 million.

"Guardians of the Galaxy," which features a machine-gun-shooting raccoon and other extraterrestrial misfits, has now collected $252 million since opening on Aug. 1, according to movie tracking site Rentrak, making it the summer's biggest box-office hit, surpassing “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

"The momentum has been very strong throughout the run," said Walt Disney Studios' head of distribution Dave Hollis, "starting with our opening which was much bigger than we anticipated."

Hollis said positive word-of-mouth and repeat viewership was helping drive the box office for a film that also features "great characters and a spectacular story."

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which opened on Aug. 8, has taken in more than $145 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) box offices.   Continued...

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy. Gamora played by Zoe Saldana, Rocket Racoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, Peter Star-Lord played by Chris Pratt, Groot voiced by Vin Diesel, and Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista. REUTERS/Marvel