'Guardians' edge out ninja turtles at US box office

AFPAugust 25, 2014
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Director Dave Bautista (L) and cast members Zoe Saldana (C) and James Gunn pose during a photo call at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on July 10, 2014
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Director Dave Bautista (L) and cast members Zoe Saldana (C) and James Gunn pose during a photo call at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on July 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mohd Fyrol)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" edged out a parade of Ninja Turtles to take the top spot at North America's box office over the weekend, final data showed Monday.

The superhero romp added another $17.2 million to its four-week haul which now totals $251.5 million, box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations reported.

The famous, pizza-munching "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" dropped one place to second in their third weekend in theaters, taking home $16.7 million.

Teen melodrama "If I Stay," based on a young adult novel about a girl who surveys her life from an out-of-body experience after a car accident, debuted in third place with $15.7 million.

Fourth spot went to raunchy comedy "Let's Be Cops," starring Damon Wayans Jr, about two friends who become entangled in criminal intrigue when they dress up as police officers for a costume party.

It took in $10.8 million in its second weekend, despite being savaged by critics.

"When the Game Stands Tall," based on the true story of a US high school coach who leads his team on a 151-game winning streak, debuted in fifth place with $8.4 million.

In sixth place were the veteran action heroes of Sylvester Stallone's geriatric "The Expendables 3," which took $6.5 million in its second week in theaters.

Dystopian drama "The Giver" based on Lois Lowry's 1993 novel, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites, earned $6.4 million, landing in seventh.

Crime-thriller sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" featuring Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, debuted in eighth place with $6.3 million.

And "The Hundred Foot Journey," a romantic comedy with Helen Mirren and Om Puri as culture-clashing restaurateurs raked in $5.3 million, for ninth place.

Rounding out the top ten with $3.8 million was weather disaster movie "Into The Storm."