B.O. Roundup, August 29-31: 'Guardians' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2014

Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:17 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, August 29-31: 'Guardians' Is Now the Biggest Movie of 2014

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.

After playing second fiddle to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a few weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy jumped back up atop the box office heap last weekend.  Over a sedate Labor Day weekend, the Star-Lord and his pals saw a dip of just 5% from last weekend's haul, laying claim to another $16.3 million, according to current estimates.

That brings the domestic total of James Gunn's acclaimed aciton-comedy to a whopping $274.6 million, edging past fellow Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7 million) as the biggest domestic release of the year.  By the time we close the book on 2014, though, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I will almost certainly unseat Guardians of the Galaxy, but Marvel's risky franchise launch is an unequivocal success.

This holiday weekend saw a pair of new wide releases in the top ten, too.

The docustyle horror movie As Above, So Below, which takes place in the catacombs below Paris, opened in 2,640 locations in North America, earning an estimated $8.3 million between Friday and Monday.  The film actually started out in second place on Friday, but horror movies tend to dip pretty quickly, and As Above, So Below ended up in fourth place between holdovers If I Stay in third and Let's Be Cops in fifth.

Relativity's The November Man, meanwhile, finds erstwhile James Bond Pierce Brosnan returning to the international espionage game in a white-knuckle R-rated actioner.  The film got a jump on the weekend by opening on Wednesday last week, earning an estimated $9.3 million since then.  $7.6 million of that haul rolled in over the weekend proper.

With exit polls indicating that audiences are quite keen on The November Man, the film is expected to hold strong over the weeks to come, which bodes well for the film, which also stars Luke Bracey and Olga Kurylenko.

Here are the top ten movies in America for Labor Day Weekend 2014:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy...............................................$16.3 million...............$274.6 million

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.......................................$11.7 million...............$162.4 million

3. If I Stay...........................................................................$9.2 million................$29.8 million

4. As Above, So Below.....................................................$8.3 million.................New Release

5. Let's Be Cops................................................................$8.2 million.................$57.3 million

6. The November Man......................................................$7.6 million.................$9.3 million

7. When the Game Stands Tall.........................................$5.6 million.................$16.3 million

8. The Giver.......................................................................$5.2 million.................$31.5 million

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey..........................................$4.6 million.................$39.3 million

10. The Expendables 3.....................................................$3.5 million.................$33.1 million

Labor Day weekend is generally acknowledged as the symbolic close to summer, a three-day weekend during which American collectively lights the fires on its barbecues and gasses up its station wagons for one last romp in the season of fate's perfection. 

Historically, Labor Day began as the result of the Pullman Strike, an 1894 workers' strike that resulted in violence and civilian deaths when President Grover Cleveland dispatched federal troops to dismantle the striking workers of the Pullman Palace Car Co.  Obviously, old Grover needed to subsequently make peace with the unions, and voila (more or less): Labor Day was born.


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