Guardians tops Turtles at weekend box office

The season of the blockbuster may be winding down, but this weekend’s box office saw a major shake-up. After sitting at second place for the last two weeks in the U.S., Guardians of the Galaxy (4.3 star Tribute user rating) returned to the top of the box office with $17.6 million and $251.9 million in cumulative domestic revenue, switching spots with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and surpassing Transformers: Age of Extinction as the highest-grossing movie of the summer. In Canada, Guardians has been the top film for four straight weeks in a row, taking in over $26 million at the Canadian box office. Hauling in $16.8 million in North America, the Michael Bay-produced Turtles (4.5 star Tribute user rating) dropped to second place. Debuting in third with $16.4 million was the teen romance, If I Stay (4.3 star Tribute user rating), starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

Both with an average Tribute user rating of 3.8 stars, Let’s Be Cops and When the Game Stands Tall round out the top of the box office. The buddy cop comedy fell from third to fourth place this week with $11 million, while the teen football drama debuted in fifth place, earning $9.1 million.

New release Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (4 star Tribute user rating), debuted in eighth place with $6.5 million. The sequel to the original pulp noir, Sin City, is again directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the author of the Sin City comic series on which the films are based. ~Daniel Horowitz

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