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Friday Report: 'Guardians' Is Now the Highest-Grossing Movie of the Year

by Ray Subers
Guardians of the Galaxy
 

 
August 30, 2014

Against two weak newcomers, Guardians of the Galaxy held on to first place at the box office on Friday.

More importantly, Guardians passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office with $262.1 million.

Guardians
added $3.8 million on Friday, which is down just 20 percent from last weekend. That puts it on pace for around $16 million for the three-day frame and over $20 million for the four-day holiday weekend.

In the long run, Guardians is now guaranteed to earn over $300 million, and could finish as high as $320 million.

As Above/So Below
took second place on Friday with $3.2 million. That's a bit higher than recent Labor Day horror movies Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D, though that's not saying much. It should earn between $9 and $10 million for the three-day weekend and over $11 million through Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
fell 41 percent to $2.7 million, which brings its total to $153.3 million. It's on track for around $11 million over the three-day frame, and around $15 million for the long weekend.

If I Stay
plummeted 62 percent to $2.6 million. Through eight days, the young-adult romance has earned $23.2 million.

The November Man
rounded out the Top Five with $2.2 million. That puts it on track for $7 to $8 million for the three-day frame and less than $10 million for the four-day weekend.

Playing at 787 theaters, the Ghostbusters re-release earned an estimated $490,000 on Friday. That's a fine number that's generally in line with recent re-releases like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Top Gun (though Ghostbusters was playing at many more locations). For the four-day weekend, Ghostbusters should wind up with around $2 million.

As of publication, a Friday estimate for Cantinflas was not available.

Weekend Projections

1. Guardians - $16 million ($20.5 million four-day)
2. Ninja Turtles - $11.5 million ($15.7 million four-day)
3. As Above/So Below - $9.5 million ($11.4 million)
4. If I Stay - $8.7 million ($11 million four-day)
5. The November Man - $7.8 million ($10 million)

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Related Charts:
Grosses for Friday, August 29, 2014
2014 Domestic Box Office



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