'Guardians of the Galaxy' Takes Back the Box Office
By Rosalyn Oshmyansky
Guardians of the Galaxy had the biggest opening weekend so far this month, and this weekend it's still the most watched. With a domestic total of about $252 million, people can't get enough of the Marvel superhero film with an all-star cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. This weekend, the film movie an impressive $17.5 million after a good few weeks in theaters.
Not far behind, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made an estimated $16.8 million. Released the second weekend of August, the movie has already made over $145 million domestically. The crime-fighting ninja turtles even have a sequel in the works. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Part 2 has a release date set for June 3, 2016.
In third place, there's a new release this week called If I Stay. Starring Chloe Moretz, the movie is about a young girl put in a coma after a car accident. She has an out-of-body experience and must decide whether to wake up and live a different life. A strong debut, this move generated over $16 million in its first weekend.
The comedy Let's Be Cops comes in next at $11 million. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. make a funny fake police duo, but the trouble they get into is real and the amount of money this movie is generating isn't a bad reality either.
Just two million short of Let's Be Cops, When the Game Stands Tall is a new release at number five this weekend. In an inspiring story, the legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur takes the De La Salle High School Spartans into a 151-game winning streak over 12 years. This move is certainly winning this week with an impressive opening weekend at $9 million.
Falling short of the top five this week, The Giver is still in the top after its first weekend at almost $7 million. The book adaptation opened at over $12 million last weekend and is positioned well to break even with its $25 million budget. The impressive cast list includes Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and the recent 1989 pop star Taylor Swift.