August 26, 2014 by Paul Curtin
After getting beat by the Ninja Turtles in back-to-back weekend showdowns at the box office, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is back on top where it belongs in first place to end the summer movie season.
This victory for Marvel is due in part to Sin City‘s sequel being one of this summer’s biggest bombs, opening in eight place with a shockingly low $6.3 million. The original Sin City had a budget of $40 mil and ended up making $158 mil at the box office. Despite all its star power and almost double the budget the original, it’s safe to say after the flop of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For that we won’t be seeing another Sin City movie on the big screen ever again.
Guardians has also now passed Michael Bay’s other summer box office smash, Transformers: Age of Extinction ($243.8 million), to become the top grossing movie of Summer 2014 in the U.S.
Rounding out the top three was Kick-Ass and Carrie star Chloë Grace Moretz’s new drama, If I Stay, which came in just under a couple million shy of stealing the weekend.
Here are the numbers for the top five of the domestic box office over the weekend via BOM:
- Guardians of the Galaxy — Weekend Gross: $17.2 million — Total Gross: $251.4 million (#2 last weekend)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Weekend Gross: $16.7 million – Total Gross: $145.5 million (#1 last weekend)
- If I Stay — Weekend Gross: $15.6 million (new)
- Let’s Be Cops — Weekend Gross: $10.8 million – Total Gross: $45 million (#3 last weekend)
- When the Game Stands Tall — Weekend Gross: $8.3 million (new)