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Box office report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' tops weekend, becomes No. 1 film of the summer

Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the top-grossing film of the weekend, beating out a trio of new releases—and in the process, becoming the No. 3 movie of the year and the highest earner of the summer with nearly $252 million.

The Marvel Studios-produced film—starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Lee Pace—has now grossed $251.9 million since its stateside release four weeks ago, outpacing films like Transformers: Age of Extinction ($251 million), Maleficent ($237 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($232 million total domestic gross), Godzilla ($201 million) and Neighbors ($150 million).

Guardians has earned nearly $500 million globally, and with upcoming releases in key territories including Japan and China, the film is poised to become Disney’s top film of the year.  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'If I Stay' is No. 1 on Friday

Teen tearjerker If I Stay (Cinema Score: A-) set the pace at the box office on Friday, but Guardians of the Galaxy may have enough fuel left to pass it and top the box office by Sunday night.

If I Stay, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, proved a draw for young audiences. Its $6.8 million opening day put it ahead of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, which added an estimated $4.8 million to its domestic total of $239.1 million. But tracking suggests the lead for the YA adaptation directed by R.J. Cutler may not hold up over the next two days.

Coming in at No. 3 was the pizza-loving pack in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an estimated $4.54 million. Starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, the comic book reboot has held strong for three weeks running, and its domestic total stands at an estimated $133.3 million. And there may be more in store for the half-shell heroes: the film has yet to open in international markets including Korea (Aug. 28), Spain and the U.K. (Oct. 17), and Japan (Dec. 19).

Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops came in at No. 4 with $3.2 million, bringing its domestic total to an estimated $35.7 million—a boon for a film that cost a reported $17 million to produce. When the Game Stands Tall, a biopic about an inspirational high school football coach played by Jim Caviezel. The sports flick took in $3 million, rounding out the top five. But it still outpaced disappointing newcomer Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Cinema Score B-), which came in at No. 6 with an estimated $2.6 million from 2,750 locations.

Here are the top five films:

1. If I Stay - $6.83 million (new)

2. Guardians of the Galaxy - $4.83 million ($239. 1 million total domestic total)

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $4.54 million ($133.3 million total domestic total)

4. Let’s Be Cops – $3.23 million ($37.5 million domestic total)

5. When The Game Stands Tall – $3.0 million (new)

Behind Sin City 2 at No. 7 was The Weinstein Company’s The Giver at an estimated $2.1 million, followed by The Expendables 3 with $1.9 million (its estimated domestic gross currently stands at $22.8 million). Foodie flick The Hundred-Foot Journey brought in $1.6 million on Friday, bringing its estimated domestic gross to $28.8 million.

Check back Sunday for full weekend estimates.

Box office preview: Will teen drama 'If I Stay' top 'Sin City' sequel?

It takes a special kind of sequel to be able to withstand a nine-year gap between releases, and unfortunately for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for doesn’t appear to be up to the task. Instead, the YA adaptation If I Stay looks poised to take first place this weekend.

Here’s how things might play out.

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'If I Stay' prologue featurette: 'Everyone is waiting on me' -- VIDEO

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“How am I supposed to decide this?” That’s the question that torments young Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) through the entirety of If I Stay, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Gayle Forman’s YA hit.

If I Stay follows Mia, a 17-year-old cellist who finds herself in a coma after a car accident that killed the rest of her family. The story then takes the audience through Mia’s memories and experiences as she tries to make the decision to either wake up or to die.

In a new preview video for the film, we get an in-depth look at Mia’s decision and some of the key memories that help her make it. Let’s just say that if the book made you cry, you might want to have a tissue nearby for this sneak-peek as well. After all, Moretz did tell EW that her goal with this film was to make the audience feel. “You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved,” Moretz said. “That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

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'If I Stay' trailer: Chloe Grace Moretz makes a tough choice

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Move over, superheroes. Summer 2014 may just be the summer we all cry through our favorite YA adaptations.

Sobfest The Fault in Our Stars will be released in June, and now, the first trailer for the also-anticipated YA smash novel If I Stay is here. The film follows Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenage cellist, while she’s in a coma following a horrible car accident that’s killed the rest of her family. The novel takes the unconscious Mia on a journey through her memories as she tries to decide whether to die — or to stay.

“It’s much darker than I think most YA is,” Moretz told EW. “I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ‘Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

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Chloe Grace Moretz brings Mia to life in 'If I Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Translating a beloved book onto the big screen is a daunting proposition. But in the case of Gayle Forman’s teen sensation If I Stay, 17-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz isn’t nervous.

“Being a fan of the book myself, I kind of understood what I wanted to see from the character. And in listening to Gayle, who originated the character, I knew what she wanted to see,” Moretz told EW. “We all tried to stay incredibly faithful to the story. That’s why we’re making it.”

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Casting Net: Miles Teller destined for 'Whiplash'; Plus, Sam Rockwell, Mireille Enos, more

• Miles Teller is making waves. The soulful Spectacular Now star can add another notch to his indie belt. Teller will play the lead role in Whiplash — the Sundance-winning short from writer-director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) that’s getting the feature treatment. Teller will play a novice drummer in an elite jazz conservatory who is subjected to the wrath of his merciless instructor, played by J.K. Simmons (who will reprise the role that he originated in Chazelle’s short). [Deadline]
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