The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Tuesday for the final figures based on actual box office.
With Labor Day taking place today, it signifies the end of the summer, at least as far as the box office is considered, and it’s official that the James Gunn-directed Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios is not only the big winner of the summer in terms of domestic box office, but it’s now also the highest-grossing movie of the year in North America!
“Guardians” had another great weekend at #1 with the largest increase from last weekend thanks to the four-day weekend and most Americans being off school and work on Monday. Its estimated $22.2 million weekend gross was up 29% from last weekend’s return to first place, but it really only needed Friday to surpass the $260 million domestic gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, previously the highest-grossing movie of the year domestically. By Monday, James Gunn’s ensemble outer space epic had grossed $280 million domestically and it’s well on its way becoming the only movie of 2014 (so far) to cross the $300 million mark. This gives Marvel and Walt Disney Studios the bragging rights of having the top two highest-grossing movies (domestically) of the year.
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starring Megan Fox, continued its run at #2 with $15.7 million over the four-day weekend (down 6% from last week’s three-day weekend) with a domestic total of $166.4 after four weeks in theaters.
You can read the full box office report over on ComingSoon.net.