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"Guardians of the Galaxy" Becomes No. 1 Movie of 2014

Continuing to attract moviegoers, “Guardians of the Galaxy” starring Chris Pratt finished its fifth week at the box office with a triumphant Labor Day weekend while nabbing honors as the number one movie of the year, domestically. The Marvel Sci-Fi added $16.3 million to its domestic totals of $274.6 million, gunning past the previous title holder, fellow Marvel film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $259.8 million. On the international front, “Guardians” has an eighth place ranking among highest-grossing movies with $547.7 million; “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is currently the dominant worldwide production with $1 billion.

Of the new releases, the chilling thriller “As Above, So Below” managed to edge its way into the top five garnering $8.3 million for fourth place. While there didn’t appear to be much expensed on marketing, Universal released a Red Band trailer as a final promotional push leading up to the holiday weekend. The found footage production centers around two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure deep within the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris, France.

Fellow newcomer “The November Man” fell short of the top five, landing in sixth place with an opening weekend of $7.6 million. The Roger Donaldson directed crime-action collected a total of $9.3 million domestically thanks to an early Wednesday release. Pierce Brosnan stars as an ex-CIA operative brought back for a personal mission that pits him against his former pupils, high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” finished its fourth week at the box office in second place adding $11.7 million to its $162.4 million domestic totals. “If I Stay” held onto third place with $9.2 million, now standing at $29.8 million domestically. Rounding out the top five is “Let’s Be Cops” which added $8.2 million to its domestic earnings of $57.3 million.