Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS Wins Lackluster Labor Day

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Although its wins were not consecutive, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy reached it’s third box office victory and became 2014’s biggest hit domestically.  Guardians is expected to bring in an estimated $21.2 million over the long Labor Day holiday, placing its cume near $279 million and soaring past fellow Marvel hero Captain America: The Winter Soldier which earned the $259.8 million by April release.

The first three films repeat their previous week’s positions in one of the most boring weekend box office reports in months. The CGI enhanced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will close the summer in second place with $11.8 million domestically from Friday through Sunday. A final domestic gross of $175 million is now probable.

Warner Bros. teen melodrama If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz will take third place with $9.3 million.

A found footage horror flick As Above, So Below debuted in fourth on the weekend chart, collecting an estimated $8.3 million.

The Pierce Brosnan espionage film The November Man — being eyed for franchise potential … meh — bowed in sixth place with a meek $7.7 million for the three day weekend.

Fox’s R-rated comedy Let’s Be Cops scored fifth overall with $8.2 million.

Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, last weekend’s bomb, pretty much vanished from the top ten in its second weekend.

Nicely done was Lionsgate‘s Catinflas. The Spanish-language biopic of Mexican actor and writer Mario Moreno earned $3.2 million in only 382 theaters and was just edged out of the top ten to place 11th overall.

Lastly, Sony’s 30th anniversary re-release of a digitally remastered Ghostbusters “fails to top Guardians on Labor Day weekend.” The 1984 sci-fi comedy smash was reissued this weekend on 784 screens for $1.7 million.

Check back again next week for another dull weekend with a single new release of the  music-driven family drama The Identical and an IMAX reissue of Forrest Gump for it’s 20th anniversary.

Hit the jump for more estimates listed by title.

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All U.S. movie box-office figures provided by Box-Office Mojo.

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