The intergalactic misfits of “Guardians of the Galaxy” are the summer’s box-office superheroes.
Marvel’s cosmic romp topped the Labor Day box office with a three-day take of $22 million — its third time in first place since its release five weeks ago, according to studio estimates Monday. With North American ticket sales of more than $280 million so far, “Guardians” is also the summer’s — and the year’s — top-grossing film to date.
Still, summer box-office totals are down almost 15 percent from last year, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
“This is the lowest summer since 2006 in terms of revenue,” he said. “Before ‘Guardians,’ we were sitting on a 20 percent deficit compared to last year.”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which opened in late June, also boosted the summer box office with $1 billion in global ticket sales. “Maleficent” was also a hit, bringing in more than $230 million domestically.