Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery. But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy. Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year. Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1. That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months.
Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five.