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August 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

All of the box office pundits were wrong again. The repeatedly underestimated Guardians of the Galaxy returned as the No. 1 film in its fourth weekend with an estimated $17.8 million, bringing its domestic total to around $252 million, thereby making it the highest-grossing film of the summer. The teen tearjerker If I Stay, which had been the odds-on choice of the pundits to win the weekend, came in third with about $16.4 million, just behind the third weekend of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which had held the top spot for the previous two weekends. It earned about $16.8 million. (Final figures, which could alter the order for second and third place, are due to be released late Monday afternoon.) The figure for Stay may sound unimpressive until one realizes that it cost only $10 million to produce, while, by contrast, Turtles reportedly cost $185 million. Two other new films flopped — in particular the R-rated sequel Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which took in just $6.4 million and wound up in eighth place. Receipts for Sony’s high-school football drama When the Game Stands Tall were a little short with just $9 million, putting it in fifth place behind 20th Century Fox’s Let’s Be Cops with $11 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:

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, $9.1 million; 6. The Giver, $6.7 million; 7. The Expendables 3, $6.6 million; 8. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, $6.5 million; 9. The Hundred-Foot Journey, $5.6 million; 10. Into the Storm, $3.8 million.