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‘Guardians’ retakes box office, tops summer films

NEW YORK (AP) — “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.”

Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy."
Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” (AP Photo/Disney – Marvel)

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 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. The Chloe Grace Moretz film came in third place behind the reptile reboot “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which made $16.8 million.

The Weinstein Co.’s long-delayed “Sin City” sequel, “A Dame to Kill For,” flopped. It opened with just $6.5 million.

(© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )

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