Top 10 movies at the weekend box office (08/24/14)Loading
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped.

    "This movie just couldn't have come at a better time," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "When we were really down and out in the summer box office — at one point down 20 percent from last year — 'Guardians' came along and injected life. What is surprising is that it was a film launched in August."

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    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    Text by The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times

    Jay Maidment
    1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $17.6 million ($20.7 million international).

    With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the Marvel space adventure passed "Transformers: Age of Extinction" to become the summer's biggest domestic hit with a cumulative total of $252 million. The film, released by Disney, was an unlikely August sensation (late summer is usually an afterthought in Hollywood's lucrative summer season) that helped the box office rebound somewhat after big-budget sequels like "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "How To Train Your Dragon 2" failed to ignite the multiplexes.

    2. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $16.8 million ($15.5 million international).

    After spending two weeks at the top, Paramount's reptile reboot "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," made $16.8 million in its third weekend, narrowly beating out "If I Stay" for the second spot.

    Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount
  • If I Stay
    3. "If I Stay," $16.4 million.

    The Warner Bros. tearjerker "If I Stay" failed to top the box office with a weekend haul of $16.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. In the film, a co-production between MGM and New Line Cinema, Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teen in a coma after a car accident.

    Doane Gregory
  • Film Review Lets Be Cops
    4. "Let's Be Cops," $11 million ($1.3 million international).

    Two rudderless friends dress as police officers for a costume party and enjoy their newfound authority, then get mixed up with real mobsters and dirty detectives. With Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle and Nina Dobrev.

    Frank Masi | AP
  • 1168332 - When The Game Stands Tall
    5. "When the Game Stands Tall," $9.1 million.

    Lacking any real narrative thrust, “When the Game Stands Tall” seems aimed only at die-hard prep football followers interested in the ins and outs of Concord’s powerhouse De La Salle High School program. The faith-based high school football film opened with $9.1 million for Sony.

    Tracy Bennett | Text by Carla Meyer
  • The Giver
    6. "The Giver," $6.7 million ($1.4 million international).

    In a seemingly utopian society marked by contentment and conformity, a young man is selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, the lone person in his community who carries the knowledge of the old world. With Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

  • The Expendables 3
    7. "The Expendables 3," $6.6 million ($16.5 million international).

    The mercenary team known as the Expendables face off against a former member who went rogue and was thought to be dead. With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas and Jet Li.

    Phil Bray
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
    8. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," $6.5 million ($4.9 million international).

    "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" was expected to open in the mid-teens, but made just $6.5 million. Nine years is a long time to wait for a sequel, and clearly the novelty of the film's digital adaptation of Frank Miller's black-and-white graphic novels wore off with both moviegoers and critics.

    9. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $5.6 million.

    A sweet and unapologetic fairy tale for adults, this story of cuisines and cultures in conflict starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri has been polished to such a high sheen it's hard to know whether to be impressed or disheartened. Or both.

    Francois Duhamel
    10. "Into the Storm," $3.8 million ($8.8 million).

    Basically a B-picture with a sizable effects budget, this film knows you bought your ticket for the tornadoes, not the dramatics, and acts according. Its story line and performances are no more than serviceable, but those terrible twisters are state-of-the-art.

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture
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