Guardians’ Vaults to Summer Box-Office Lead With Weekend

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Walt Disney Co.’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the new group of movie superheroes mined from Marvel’s comic-book lineup, officially became Hollywood elite as stars of the biggest summer film in the U.S.

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” released Aug. 1, took in $17.6 million this weekend to lead in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Rentrak Corp. said today in an e-mailed statement, vaulting past “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which had been No. 1. The Disney film, about a lesser-known group of misfit Marvel characters, has generated $251.9 million in domestic ticket sales as of this weekend, making it No. 1 for the season.

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