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'Guardians of the Galaxy' is No. 1 at U.S. box office; 'If I Stay' is No. 3

Photo at left: "Guardians of the Galaxy." Photo at right: "If I Stay."
Photo at left: "Guardians of the Galaxy." Photo at right: "If I Stay."
Photo at left: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures. Photo at right: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Marvel Studios' sci-fi flick "Guardians of the Galaxy" climbed back to No. 1 at the U.S. and Canadian box office for the weekend ending Aug. 24, 2014. According to a Box Office Mojo report published on Aug. 24, "Guardians of the Galaxy" (starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, along with the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) had $17.6 million in ticket sales for the weekend ending Aug. 24, 2014.

Three other movies opened in wide release that weekend:

Warner Bros. Pictures' romantic drama "If I Stay" (starring Chloë Grace Moretz) debuted at No. 3, with $16.4 million in ticket sales.

TriStar Pictures' football drama "When the Game Stands Tall" (starring Jim Caviezel) debuted at No. 5, with $9 million in ticket sales.

Dimension Films' fantasy flick "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" (starring Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin) debuted at No. 9, with $6.5 million in ticket sales.

According to Box Office Mojo, here are the Top 5 movies in the U.S. and Canada for the weekend ending Aug. 24, 2014:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy" — $17.6 million

2. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" — $16.8 million

3. "If I Stay" — $16.4 million

4. "Let's Be Cops" — $11 million

5. "When the Game Stands Tall" — $9 million

And here are the opening-weekend box-office numbers for the movies that opened in limited release on Aug. 22, 2014:

  • "Love Is Strange" — $127,000 from five theaters
  • "The One I Love" — $55,100 from nine theaters