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Americans Flock to 'Guardians,' Largely Ignore Faith-Based Almost-Elvis Movie

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The "Guardians of the Galaxy" continued to rein supreme as a faith-based sort-of-Elvis movie failed to fill seats this weekend.

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." The movie releases on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel) AP Photo/Disney - Marvel This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy." (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)

As the Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon:

The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for "Guardians," which features Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as intergalactic do-gooders, now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release.

Paramount's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off second place in its fifth weekend with $6.5 million, bringing the domestic total of the live-action superhero reboot starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett to $174.6 million.

The Warner Bros. young-adult novel adaptation "If I Stay," starring Chloe Grace Moretz, took third place in its third weekend with $5.7 million.

The weekend's only new release, Freestyle's musical drama "The Identical," dismally debuted in 11th place with $1.9 million. The film starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd failed to achieve the successes of similar faith-based films as "Heaven Is for Real," ''God's Not Dead" and "Son of God" released this year.

"The Identical" garnered a dismal 4 percent "fresh" rating on the film review roundup site Rotten Tomatoes, with many critics panning it as a "so bad it's ironically good" movie.

Total weekend hauls, per the AP:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $10.2 million.

2. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $6.5 million.

3. "If I Stay," $5.7 million.

4. "Let's Be Cops," $5.4 million.

5. "The November Man," $4.2 million.

6. "As Above, So Below," $3.7 million.

7. "When the Game Stands Tall," $3.7 million.

8. "The Giver," $3.6 million.

9. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $3.2 million.

10. "Lucy," $1.9 million.

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