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Disney's 'Guardians' retakes top slot at box office

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  • The heroes in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" take the box office crown back from last week's winners, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

      The heroes in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" take the box office crown back from last week's winners, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

 
By Anousha Sakoui
Bloomberg

Walt Disney Co.'s "Guardians of the Galaxy" reclaimed the top slot in its fourth week at the box office, beating newcomer "If I Stay" and last week's winner, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

"Guardians" garnered $17.6 million in domestic ticket sales, Rentrak Corp. said today in an e-mailed statement. "If I Stay," a Warner Bros. drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz, came in third with $16.4 million in its debut. "Turtles," from Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, fell to second place.

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The return to No. 1 after several weeks in theaters is rare and shows the word-of-mouth strength buoying "Guardians," released on Aug. 1.

The Marvel film, which received an A rating from moviegoers, according to polling firm CinemaScore, surpassed "Transformers: Age of Extinction" as the biggest summer blockbuster in U.S. theaters this year.

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