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 claim 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.
Time Warner Inc's Warner Brothers distributed "If I Stay." "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was distributed by Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures. Walt Disney Co distributed "Guardians of the Galaxy."
The offbeat good-guy superhero flick outpaced If I Stay (Cinema Score: A-), which stars Chloë Grace Moretz. The young adult-genre film came in just ahead of Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a comic book reboot which surprised industry analysts by being the top earner for two weekends in a row, largely by attracting kids and millennials hungry for nostalgia.
New release Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Cinema Score: B–)—distributed by The Weinstein Company—disappointed, dropping from sixth place on Friday to eighth place on Saturday with just $6.4 million. The weekend’s third new release, Sony TriStar’s feel-good sports film When The Game Stands Tall, rounded out the top five at $8.7 million just behind Fox’s laugh-out-loud comedy Let’s Be Cops, which drew $11 million.