Featuring a cast of misfit super heroes that includes a machinegun-toting raccoon, "Guardians" has leapt from the pages of Marvel Comics to total $295 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters since its release on Aug. 1, according to studio estimates.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was second with $6.5 million in ticket sales for the three days from Friday through Sunday on a relatively slow post-holiday weekend. "If I Stay" was third with sales of $5.8 million, according to the box office tracking site Rentrak.
Walt Disney Studios, which distributed the juggernaut hit, said "Guardians" had claimed the number-one spot four times in its six weekends in release, a record for a Marvel movie. The global total for the film has topped $586 million, Disney said.
The R-rated comedy "Let's Be Cops," starring "New Girl" TV star Jake Johnson and comedian Damon Wayans, Jr. as friends who pretend to be policemen, took fourth with $5.4 million.
Spy thriller "The November Man," starring former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, rounded out the top five taking in $4.2 million.
The only widely released new film in theaters, "The Identical," a faith-based musical drama about an Elvis-like character, finished outside the top 10 with $1.9 million as most studios steered clear of releasing new films on a traditionally sluggish weekend.
Starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, "The Identical" opened in some 2,000 theaters, about half the number of a larger budget release. The movie opened to harsh reviews, with 12 of 18 negative reviews and six mixed, according to the site Metacritic, which assigned the film a rating of 26 out of 100.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" was distributed by Walt Disney. Viacom's Paramount Pictures released "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."