"Guardians of the Galaxy" reclaimed first place at the global box office for the weekend of August 24, according to Rentrak. Meanwhile, opening with only $11.37 million in worldwide revenues, Frank Miller's sequel seems destined to be a commercial failure.
The fiasco was particularly palpable at the US domestic box office, where "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" grossed a mere $6.5 million, compared to the original 2005 movie's $29.1 million opening. The debut is a bad sign for the sequel, which cost $70 million to make.
Released one month ago, "Guardians of the Galaxy" returned to the top spot at the worldwide box office this weekend with $38 million (including $17 million from the US), followed very closely by Luc Besson's "Lucy" with $37.5 million.
Next in the ranking are "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" with $32 million and "The Expendables 3" with $23 million. The third film starring Sylvester Stallone and his posse has earned $65 million since its debut, falling short of the performance of the franchise's previous movies.
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" continues to coast on its momentum, taking in an additional $18 this weekend. The teen drama "If I Stay," starred by Chloë Grace Moretz, grossed $16.35 million.
Released only in China, "The Four 3" claimed $15 million in revenues during its first weekend in theaters, coming in just ahead of the disaster movie "Into the Storm" with its $12.6 million.