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Guardians of the Galaxy remains on top in US as summer bows out on a low

Guardians of the Galaxy

Story by Jack Foley

GUARDIANS of the Galaxy has retained its place at the top of the US box office on what proved to be another soft weekend.

The Marvel release is now officially the highest grossing film of the summer of 2014 but is also one of the few box office successes in what has otherwise proved a season of financial disappointments (despite some critical highs).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, US revenue for the season will barely break $4 billion, marking an eight year low – or 17-year low when taking inflation into account.

Revenue is also down 15% from last year’s record haul of $4.75 billion, the biggest year-over-year decline on record.

The Labor Day weekend is traditionally viewed as the summer’s last hurrah and can usually count on some new releases to bring a belated cash boost.

But this week’s new releases again failed to set the box office alight. Found footage horror movie As Above, So Below could only muster fifth spot with $8.3 million, while Pierce Brosnan action vehicle The November Man opened one place below, in sixth, with $9.8 million.

That left Guardians of the Galaxy to comfortably retain No.1 with $16.3 million and a projected four-day haul of $21.2 million. It has now taken a total of $274.6 million in the US alone, becoming the highest grossing film of 2014 and edging in front of fellow Marvel title Captain America: The Winter Soldier and its $259.8 million.

Occupying second, third and fourth spots respectively were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, teen weepie If I Stay and buddy cop comedy Let’s Be Cops.

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