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'Guardians of the Galaxy' boosts slumping summer box office as highest-grossing film this year

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - "Guardians of the Galaxy" closed out the summer movie season with a first-place finish.

Marvel's Disney-distributed space adventure — the top-grossing film of the year so far in North America — added another $22.9 million to its coffers over Labor Day weekend.

Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the Warner Bros. tear-jerker "If I Stay" claimed the second and third spots, just as they did the weekend prior.

The new offerings, including the horror tale "As Above, So Below" and the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan, "The November Man," debuted in fifth and sixth, place respectively.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1."Guardians of the Galaxy," Disney, $22,906,851, 3,462 locations, $6,617 average, $281,204,119, 5 weeks.

2."Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Paramount, $15,622,005, 3,543 locations, $4,409 average, $166,277,985, 4 weeks.

3."If I Stay," Warner Bros., $11,768,220, 3,003 locations, $3,919 average, $32,330,502, 2 weeks.

4."Let's Be Cops," 20th Century Fox, $10,371,201, 3,010 locations, $3,446 average, $59,492,722, 3 weeks.

5."As Above, So Below," Universal, $10,284,110, 2,640 locations, $3,895 average, $10,284,110, 1 week.

6."The November Man," Relativity Media, $10,105,877, 2,776 locations, $3,640 average, $11,797,351, 1 week.

7."When The Game Stands Tall," Sony, $8,158,363, 2,673 locations, $3,052 average, $18,828,455, 2 weeks.

8."The Giver," The Weinstein Co., $6,957,664, 2,805 locations, $2,480 average, $33,230,314, 3 weeks.

9."The Hundred-Foot Journey," Disney, $6,467,392, 1,918 locations, $3,372 average, $41,262,637, 4 weeks.

10."The Expendables 3," Lionsgate, $4,538,535, 2,564 locations, $1,770 average, $34,177,584, 3 weeks.

11."Lucy," Universal, $3,532,210, 1,293 locations, $2,732 average, $118,611,525, 6 weeks.

12."Cantinflas," Lionsgate, $3,358,013, 382 locations, $8,791 average, $3,358,013, 1 week.

13."Into The Storm," Warner Bros., $3,251,312, 1,603 locations, $2,028 average, $42,699,712, 4 weeks.

14."Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," The Weinstein Co., $2,860,470, 2,894 locations, $988 average, $11,452,031, 2 weeks.

15."Ghostbusters," Sony, $2,305,924, 784 locations, $2,941 average, $223,434,059, 1578 weeks.

16."Boyhood," IFC Films, $1,971,308, 632 locations, $3,119 average, $18,971,829, 8 weeks.

17."How to Train Your Dragon 2," 20th Century Fox, $1,684,605, 1,096 locations, $1,537 average, $174,014,832, 12 weeks.

18."Begin Again," The Weinstein Co., $1,163,419, 335 locations, $3,473 average, $15,704,534, 10 weeks.

19."Magic In The Moonlight," Sony Pictures Classics, $1,139,146, 438 locations, $2,601 average, $8,328,691, 6 weeks.

20."Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," 20th Century Fox, $1,111,347, 468 locations, $2,375 average, $205,531,338, 8 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

The Canadian Press


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