Guardians of the Galaxy leads North America box office for 2nd straight weekend

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Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated 16.31 million U.S. dollars to lead the box office for a second straight weekend, down only a slim 5 percent from last weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically.

Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous 274.61 million dollars through 31 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the 259.77-million-dollar take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

While it didn't hold up all that well this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place with an estimated 11.75 million dollars. The successful franchise re-launch was down 30 percent from last weekend, but continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 24-day take of 162.41 million dollars.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated three- day take of 9.26 million dollars. That represented a respectable 41 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with 29.82 million dollars in ten days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fourth place with an estimated 8.3 million dollars. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. It received a lackluster C-rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated three-day take of 7.66 million dollars. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. Relativity is currently estimating a four-day take of 9.8 million dollars for the film.

Let's Be Cops placed in fifth with an estimated three-day gross of 8.2 million dollars. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 24 percent while surpassing the 50-million-dollar mark this weekend. Endite

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