August 30, 2014 at 06:18 PM EDT

Guardians of the Galaxy

Current Status
In Season
122 minutes
Wide Release Date
Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
James Gunn
Walt Disney Pictures
Action Adventure

Marvel’s ragtag crew of C-level comic stars beat out the studio’s A-listers on Friday as Guardians of the Galaxy took its place as the top-grossing movie of the 2014 domestic box office, surpassing the valiant efforts of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That’s enough to make anyone go “ooga-chaka.” Four weeks after its release, the space-adventure blockbuster held onto the top spot on the first day of the holiday weekend, adding $3.8 million to its coffers and bringing its domestic total up to $262.1 million, $2.4 million more than Cap 2‘s high-water mark.

Guardians continues to dominate mainly because of weak end-of-summer competition. The found-footage horror flick As Above, So Below, set in the labyrinthine Parisian catacombs, took second place with a comme ci comme ça $3.2 million. Another subterranean film took third: The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—despite seeming, like its title characters, to have been created accidentally in a sewer—brought in $2.7 million. That’s a drop of 41 percent from last week, but brings the nostalgia-flogging reboot up to a respectable $153.3 million.

In its second week, Chloe Moretz’s YA melodrama If I Stay failed to stay where it was and tumbled 62 percent to take $2.3 million. The other biggish release of the week, The November Man, ended up at the bottom of the dog pile. The Pierce Brosnan-starring thriller managed only $2.2 million on Friday, bringing it up to $3.9 million since its release on Wednesday.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy — $3.8 million ($262.1 million domestic total)

2. As Above, So Below — $3.2 million (new)

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $2.7 million ($153.3 million domestic total)

4. If I Stay — $2.3 million ($23.2 million domestic total)

5. The November Man — $2.2 million ($3.9 million since Wednesday release)

Meanwhile, the 30th-anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters stomped back into theaters, if not quite with the force of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, taking in $490,000 on 1,578 screens. Sony expects the release to end up somewhere between $1.7-$1.9 million over the holiday weekend.

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