Box office roundup – Sept. 7, 2014 – “Guardians” makes Marvel history

Marvel Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)
Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $10.1 million – [5th week; $294 million in total] In winning the top spot for a fifth week, “Guardians” managed what no other Marvel Studios film – even “Marvel’s The Avengers” could accomplish. It’s a rare feat in the past decade as only “Avatar,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Hunger Games” can make similar boasts. None of those films faced such weak competition though as this marked the lowest box office weekend in over a decade. September is looking very lean with nothing of note coming out so don’t be stunned if “Guardians” sweeps through this month as well.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -$6.4 million – [4th week; $174 million] Turtles remain looking up at “Guardians” in what has seemed like a constant phrase over the last few weeks. It should end its run just shy of $200 million domestically.

3. If I Stay – $5.75 million [3rd week; $39.9 million] As the only YA film around these days, this has remained a fixture in the top 5 and should until “Maze Runner” debuts Sept. 19.

4. Let’s Be Cops – $5.4 million [3rd week; $66.5 million] – The cop comedy rolls along

Pierce Brosnan in The November Man5. The November Man – $4.2 million [2nd week; $17.8 million] Pierce Brosnan’s spy drama is oddly his biggest hit in almost a decade. Not counting the 2008 ensemble “Mamma Mia,” Brosnan has largely stuck to supporting roles, but by next weekend this will his biggest headlining film since 2004’s “After the Sunset,” which I’d be impressed if you’ve seen it.