Guardians of the Galaxy reclaims US top spot in its fourth weekend
Story by Jack Foley
MARVEL’S Guardians of the Galaxy has reclaimed top spot at the US box office in its fourth weekend to cap a memorable summer for the blockbuster deemed by many to be a risk.
The James Gunn directed superhero movie took in $17.6 million to comfortably reclaim No.1 from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as new releases such as If I Stay and Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For.
Guardians is now officially the hottest film of the summer of 2014, and the most finally successful. Its latest haul means the film has now hit $251.9 million in the US alone, eclipsing the $243.3 million grossed by Transformers: Age of Extinction.
It will soon become the top grossing film of the year in the US when it overtakes fellow Marvel title Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took a total of $259.8 million.
Globally, including the UK, Guardians has taken $489 million to date.
The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have slipped from top spot but it still held strong at second, narrowly beating If I Stay with $16.8 million in its third weekend.
The tear-jerking If I Stay, which marks Moretz’s first romantic lead, followed with $16.4 million, while Sin City 2 placed a poor eighth with $6.5 million.
The sequel opened nine years after the first film launched to more than $29 million, prompting many to declare that the gap between films was too long.
Rounding out the US top five, meanwhile, were buddy cop comedy Let’s Be Cops which took $11 million for a US total of $45.2 million, and family sports movie When The Game Stands Tall, which placed fifth with $9 million.