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Guardians' summer haul tops year

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rule the box office universe.

The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with US$10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for Guardians, which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at US$294.6 million after six weeks of release.

Guardians of the Galaxy furthered cemented itself as the top grossing film of the year in North America, eclipsing the US$259.8 million earned by fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The sci-fi romp earned an additional US$11.5 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to US$586.2 million.

slowest of the year

Despite the continued success of Guardians of the Galaxy, the weekend box office marked the slowest of the year, with the total for all films released projected at US$65 million. This is down 23 per cent from a year ago according to Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off second place in its fifth weekend with US$6.5 million, bringing the domestic total of the live-action superhero reboot starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett to US$174.6 million.

The Warner Bros young-adult novel adaptation If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, took third place in its third weekend, with US$5.7 million.

The weekend's only new release, Freestyle's musical drama The Identical, dismally debuted in 11th place with US$1.9 million. The film, starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd failed, to achieve the successes of similar faith-based films such as Heaven Is for Real, God's Not Dead and Son of God, released this year.

estimated ticket sales

The following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to Rentrak. The international figures are also included.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy, US$10.2 million (US$11.5 million international).

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, US$6.5 million (US$8.7 million international).

3. If I Stay, US$5.7 million (US$4.6 million international).

4. Let's Be Cops, US$5.4 million (US$4.1 million international)

5. The November Man, US$4.2 million (US$1 million international).

6. As Above, So Below, US$3.7 million (US$1.6 million international).

7. When the Game Stands Tall, US$3.7 million.

8. The Giver, US$3.6 million (US$1.8 million international).

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey, US$3.2 million.

10. Lucy, $1.9 million (US$25.5 million international).