BOX OFFICE

Summer is coming to a close, and Guardians of the Galaxy is going out on top.

The oddball space adventure from Marvel Studios has now been anointed the biggest box office earner of 2014 so far, coming in at number one over the Labor Day weekend, which marks the unofficial close of the summer movie season.

Audiences opted against a return trip to Basin City this weekend.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For had a shambling debut at number eight, earning less than $10 million and ensuring that Sin City 3 is supremely unlikely to happen.

One movie's calamity is another movie's boon, however.  After two consecutive weekends in second place, Guardians of the Galaxy hopped back atop the domestic box office chart.

A trio of new wide releases joined the box office fray this weekend, but not a one was a match for holdover champs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.

More than twenty years after their last live action adventure, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back.

In fact, their dominance of the domestic box office suggests that the heroes in a half shell never really went away.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opened in 3,845 theaters in North America and topped expectations for the weekend by earning a whopping $65.0 million, according to current estimates.

We were all Groot this weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy proved the potency of the Marvel Studios brand, launching a new franchise and setting the record for the biggest August opening in box office history.

Alternate headline: A James Gunn movie is the number one film in America, earning an estimated $94.0 million from 4,080 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Scarlett Johansson wrestled the title of "The People's Champion" from Dwayne Johnson.

The petite star proved a more bankable ass-kicker than the erstwhile The Rock, with Lucy easily outpacing Hercules as the number one movie in America this weekend.

Caesar's domination over the domestic box office continued this weekend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the biggest movie in America for the second weekend running, followed by a cluster of new wide releases from animated and horror sequels to a ribald comedy.

Caesar and his ape compatriots came howling into theaters this weekend, making Dawn of the Planet of the Apes the biggest movie at the weekend box office by a wide margin.

Transformers: Age of Extinction became the first movie of this summer to maintain the top spot at the domestic box office for two weeks in a row.

Michael Bay's latest orgy of explosions and CGI held sway over the Independence Day weekend, but a group of smaller new releases each grabbed their own slice of the holiday pie, too.

Transformers: Age of Extinction just had the biggest opening weekend of the year so far.

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