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“Guardians of the Galaxy” becomes Highest-Grossing Summer Film

It was another impressive weekend at the box office for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the film edged its way back into the number one spot and in the process, became the highest-grossing movie of the summer for the domestic box office. However, “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” didn’t have nearly as much luck attracting audiences as the sequel opened to eighth place with an embarrassing $6.5 million.

Just in time for high school football to kick off, “When the Game Stands Tall” swept into theaters garnering $9 million during its opening weekend for a fifth place debut. The Thomas Carter directed sports drama is inspired by the extraordinary true story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur’s time at De La Salle High School. The retelling follows coach Ladouceur as he leads the Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak, shattering all records for any American sport along the way. “When the Game Stands Tall” stars Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig and Michael Chiklis.

Despite poor initial reviews, “Let’s Be Cops” was the fourth most-watched movie earning $11 million during its second week. The Luke Greenfield directed comedy follows two male friends looking for something more in life. The hilarious duo begins to pose as police officers after becoming a neighborhood sensation while wearing badges during a costume party. However, their secret is put to the test when they encounter dirty detectives and a web of mobsters. “Let’s Be Cops” stars Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Nina Dobrev.

Newcomer “If I Stay” made an impression by garnering $16.4 million for third place. Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 young adult novel of the same name, the drama offers a unique perspective of a coma patient. The young Mia Hall has an out-of-body experience after a serious car accident leaves her in a coma. Miss Hall is faced with deciding whether to wake up to a life much different than she imagined, or not. “If I Stay” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley.

After owning the top spot for two weeks in a row, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” bowed to second place earning $16.8 million. The live-action remake brings Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello to life as they rise from the sewers of New York City to unravel Shredder’s deadly grip on the city. The Jonathan Liebesman directed flick stars Megan Fox as fearless reporter April O’Neil and Will Arnett as her photographer Vernon Fenwick.

Yet again selling more tickets than any other production at the box office, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has returned to the number one spot with $17.6 million. During its climb back to the top, the Marvel movie has become the highest-grossing summer film domestically. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” previously held the honor with $243.8 million, but “Guardians” pulled ahead during its fourth week with $251.9 million and counting. Experts predict “Guardians” will surpass “Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s” earnings of $259.8 million by Friday to become the highest-grossing production of the year.

“Guardians” isn’t expected to budge from the top spot as we enter the last week of August. Pierce Brosnan’s “The November” man is scheduled for an early Wednesday release ahead of Jennifer Aniston’s limited opening of “Life of Crime” on Friday, August 29th. Some films to look for in September include: “The Maze Runner” (September 19th), “This is Where I Leave You” (September 19th) “The Equalizer” (September 26th) and “The Boxtrolls” (September 26th).

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