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'Guardians' back on top at box office after edging 'Turtles,' 'If I Stay'

After trailing ‘Ninja Turtles’ for the past two weekends, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ returned to the top spot at the box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.

In its fourth weekend, ‘Guardians’ grossed $17.2 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, pushing its total to $251.4 million since opening Aug. 1. ‘Guardians’ climbs to No. 3 in gross ticket sales for 2014, moving past ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ and now only trails ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($259.7 million) and ‘The LEGO Movie’ ($257.7 million).

After two weekends at No. 1, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ dropped to No. 2 in its third weekend, earning $16.7 million for a total of $145.5 million since opening Aug. 8. The remake moved past the total take of the original 'Turtles' film, which finished with $135.2 million in 1990.

If I Stay,’ a young adult drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz and based on the 2009 novel, opened at No. 3 with $15.6 million.

The critically panned action comedy ‘Let’s Be Cops’ slipped one notch to No. 4 in its second weekend, earning $10.8 million for a total of $45 million since opening Aug. 13.

Sports drama ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ debuted at No. 5 with $8.3 million.

The only other major new release, ‘Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ opened at No. 8 with a disappointing $6.3 million. The action crime sequel fell well short of the original ‘Sin City,’ which opened with $29.1 million in 2005.

WEDNESDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE

‘The November Man,’ starring Pierce Brosnan, is an action spy thriller about an ex-CIA operative who returns to perform a mission and finds himself pitted against a former pupil in a deadly game involving high level agency officials and the Russian president-elect. Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE

‘As Above, So Below’ is a horror thriller about urban explorers who venture into the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris and uncover a dark secret. Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

‘Blended,’ starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, is a romantic comedy about a man and a woman who, after a horrible blind date, find themselves stuck together with their children at an African resort. Only 14 percent of reviews were positive at movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film lurches ‘between slapstick and schmaltz without showing much of a commitment to either.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ is an animated family musical where Dorothy is whisked back to the magical land of Oz to save her old friends from a devious villain called the Jester. Only 16 percent of reviews were positive at Rotten Tomatoes. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.