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August 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

That tsunami of teenage tears that was expected to thrust MGM/Warner Bros.’ If I Stay to the top of the box office over the weekend turned out to be a small wave that pushed it only to No. 3. Final figures released on Monday indicated that the movie earned $15.68 million and came in behind two holdovers, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which took in $17.29 million in its fourth week, and Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which took in $16.73 million in its third. Guardians passed the $250-million mark this weekend and is likely to become the top-grossing film of the year domestically by the end of the week. In fourth place was 20th Century Fox’s Let’s Be Cops with $10.81 million. But the debut of Sony’s teen football flick When the Game Stands Tall got the short end of the stick with just $8.38 million. Overall, it was another "up" week for the box office with ticket sales for the top 12 films 13.6 percent ahead of the comparable week a year ago, when the second week of Lee Daniels’ The Butler led with $16.50 million.