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Guardians tops summer box office

The intergalactic misfits of Guardians Of The Galaxy are the summer's box office superheroes in the US.

Marvel's cosmic romp - which stars Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper - topped the Labour Day box office with a three-day take of 22 million dollars (£13.2 million), its third time in first place since its release five weeks ago.

And with North American ticket sales of more than 280 million dollars (£168.8 million) so far, Guardians is also the summer's - and the year's - top-grossing film to date Stateside.

Mark Wahlberg's Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which opened in late June, also boosted the summer box office with one billion dollars (£603 million) in global ticket sales.

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, was another hit, bringing in more than 230 million dollars (£138.7 million) in America.

The top movies over the Labour Day holiday were the same as the previous weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles followed Guardians with 15.7 million dollars (£9.4 million), while young adult drama, If I Stay took third place.

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