1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $16.3 million [5th week; $279 million in total] Earlier this year, Marvel Studios seemed like it was taking a big risk with its less than household name team of space heroes, but now “Guardians” has become the highest grossing film of the year. The film has greatest benefited from a weak late summer season and has topped the box office three of its five weeks. Worldwide, the film has earned $547.7 million and hasn’t opened in China or Japan yet.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $11.7 million – [4th week; $166.2 million] After slipping to third place last week, Paramount Pictures second biggest hit of the year climbed back to second place showing some amazing staying power. Despite middling reviews, it’s definitely played strong with families and will continue being a major Top 5 presence for the next few weeks.
3. If I Stay – $12 million [2nd week; $29 million in total] The teen drama held up decently in its second week with a slight drop from its $15.6 million opening. It’ll probably fall as more of its target demographic gets back into the flow of school.
5. As Above, So Below – $8 million [debut week] – The latest horror movie connected with its core audience already earning back its meager $5 million budget. This will likely have a significant drop next week, but for the holiday weekend it was a decent winner.