As of yesterday, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” became the biggest film of the year domestically. Unsurprisingly the film looks set to hold the top spot at the Labor Day weekend box-office with an estimated $16.3 million through Sunday and a total of $274.6 million thus far.
Only two newcomers scored a wide release for the holiday weekend. “As Above, So Below” which is essentially “The Descent” set in the Paris catacombs, came in fourth with $8.3 million. Made for just $5 million, the thriller will likely make double its production budget back over the four-day weekend.
Further down in sixth place was the Pierce Brosnan-led action thriller “The November Man” which scored $7.7 million. Again it was made on the cheap, for less than $20 million, so it’ll earn back its cost during its run.
Otherwise the Top Ten varied little. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” held steady in second place with $11.7 million and has amassed a total of $162.4 million so far. Repeat business for “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was not good, the sequel falling 65% to fourteenth place in its second weekend and earning an utterly terrible per-screen average of just $751.
In limited release, the 30th anniversary re-release of “Ghostbusters” is expected to generate around $3 million for the four-day holiday. “Cantinflas” and “Starred Up” had the best screen averages with $6,872 and $5,500 respectively. It’s extra impressive for ‘Starred’ considering the gritty prison thriller is also available on VOD and iTunes.
When inflation is taken into account, the weekend caps off what is expected to be the worst summer at the U.S. domestic box-office in seventeen years.