“Guardians Of The Galaxy” Takes Holiday Box Office

By Staff  |  09/02/2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer #2)

Despite the success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which topped this weekend's box office, it's been the worst summer at the movies in eight years.

In the typically slow Labor Day Weekend, Guardians took in a notch over $17 million to bring its domestic haul to $275 million.

However, the overall haul for this summer's box office was just $4.05 billion, down 15 percent from the previous year, according to Rentrak, which tracks movie sales. That's lowest showing since 2006, when ticket sales reached $3.75 billion.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady at #2 with $11.9 million and a $162 million total in four weeks; If I Stay lands at #3 with $9.3 million and $29.8 million in two weeks; and the Fox comedy Let's Be Cops closes out the top 5 with $8.2 million and $57 million in three weekends.

New releases flopped, though. As Above/So Below opened at #4 with just $8.6 million and Pierce Brosnan's The November Man debuted at #6 with $7.8 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for The Identical, starring Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Ray Liotta.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $22.2 million.
2. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," $15.7 million.
3. "If I Stay," $11.6 million.
4. "Let’s Be Cops," $10.5 million.
5. "As Above, So Below," $10.3 million.
6. "The November Man," $10.2 million.
7. "When the Game Stands Tall," $8 million.
8. "The Giver," $6.9 million.
9. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," $6.3 million.
10. "The Expendables 3," $4.5 million.