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Weekend box office: 'If I Stay' leads new releases, 'Guardians' back in first

It was a slow weekend at the box office, as evidenced by the fact that “Guardians of the Galaxy”, which has been in number two for the past two weekends, jumped back into first. The Marvel fan favorite, however, grossed only $17.6 million. It was followed by the box office champion of the past two weeks, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot, which grossed $16.8 million.

The fierce warrior Nebula (Karen Gillan), one of the villains in "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Walt Disney Studios

These two movies have been the reigning box office champions for almost the entire month of August, showing just how little interest audiences have had in recent new releases. The teen tearjerker “If I Stay”, starring Chloe Grace-Moretz has a girl choosing between life and death, was the highest-grossing of this week’s new releases, coming in third but with only $16.3 million. “When the Game Stands Tall”, a drama based on a true story, largely resembles every other inspirational sports movie made in recent years, and opened to mediocre reviews and $9 million, coming in fifth.

Despite a lot of fans of the comic and the first film awaiting this sequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” performed the worst of the new releases. The R-rated action movie with an all-star cast debuted in eighth with only $6.4 million. Nine years was probably a little too long to wait for a sequel (the first film was released in 2005).

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “Guardians of the Galaxy”: $17.6 million

2. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”: $16.8 million

3. “If I Stay”: $16.3 million

4. “Let’s Be Cops”: $11 million

5. “When the Game Stands Tall”: $9 million

6. “The Giver”: $6.7 million

7. “The Expendables 3”: $6.6 million

8. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”: $6.4 million

9. “The Hundred-Foot Journey”: $5.5 million

10. “Into the Storm”: $3.8 million

11. “Lucy”: $3.5 million

12. “Boyhood”: $1.8 million

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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