‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ finished at the top of a slow Labor Day weekend at the domestic box office, according to industry figures released by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday. In its fifth weekend, ‘Guardians’ grossed $17 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, pushing its total to $275.3 million since opening Aug. 1. The galactic superhero film also climbed past ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($259.7 million) as the No. 1 movie of 2014 in terms of gross ticket sales.
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ remained at No. 2 in its fourth weekend, earning $11.9 million for a total of $162.5 million since opening Aug. 8. ‘If I Stay,’ a young adult drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz and based on the 2009 novel, stayed at No. 3 in its second weekend, earning $9.3 million for a total of $29.8 million since opening Aug. 22.
‘As Above, So Below,’ a horror film set in the catacombs beneath Paris, debuted at No. 4 with $8.6 million. Action comedy ‘Let’s Be Cops’ slipped one notch to No. 5 in its third weekend, earning $8.2 million for a total of $57.4 million since opening Aug. 13. The only other new nationwide release, CIA thriller ‘The November Man’ starring Pierce Brosnan, opened at No. 6 with $7.9 million for a total of $9.6 million since opening Aug. 27.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE
‘The Identical,’ a drama starring Seth Green, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta, is the only new major release opening Friday. Rated PG, ‘The Identical’ is about twin brothers, unknowingly separated at birth, and the different paths they take in life. One becomes a rock-and-roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
‘Draft Day,’ starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, is an R-rated sports drama about the general manager of an NFL football team trying to rebuild his franchise with the No. 1 pick in the draft. A respectable 62 percent of reviews are positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is ‘perfectly pleasant for sports buffs and Costner fans,’ but relies ‘too heavily on the sort of by-the-numbers storytelling that only a statistician could love.’ Watch the official trailer here.
‘Moms’ Night Out,’ starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins, is a PG-rated comedy about a group of moms who go for a rare evening out while depending on their husbands to watch the children. Only 18 percent of reviews are positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film is ‘cheap-looking, unfunny and kind of sexist to boot … a disappointment from start to finish.’ Watch the official trailer here.