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26 ENTERTAINMENT THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Summer bust for box office LOS ANGELES: Hollywood has suffered its worst summer for years at the box office, as filmgoers grew tired of blockbuster sequels and epic computer-generated fight scenes. Between the first weekend of May and the last weekend of August Labor Day weekend, which traditionally marks the end of the summer film-going season US films made some $US4.05 billion ($A4.38 billion), about 15 per cent down on last years box office. Thats the smallest box office total since 2006 when films made just $US3.75 billion in North America, says Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst at movie and TV data provider Rentrak. Corrected for inflation, it is the worst (northern) summer box office showing since 1997, according to Rentrak. But it could have been worse had the rogue superheroes not saved the day. Offbeat sci-fi flick Guardians of the Galaxy topped the box office on its fifth week in theatres and became the biggest grossing film of the year. Family favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also performed well among summer moviegoers. Guardians and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles thankfully came at the perfect time, and enabled Hollywood to knock the summer deficit down to just under 15 per cent, from 20 per cent just a month ago, Dergarabedian said. Professor Tom Nunan, of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Film School, added: Its obvious that there is an appetite for the movies, even the bad ones because (they have) decent opening nights. But then they fall off drastically because word of mouth conveys they are lousy, he said. Granted, this summers box office suffered in comparison with last years, boosted by blockbusters including Iron Man 3 ($US409 million in the US, $US1.2 billion globally) and Despicable Me 2 ($US368 million, and $US970 worldwide). It wasnt all bad news: Guardians of the Galaxy became the highest-grossing film of the year, beating Captain America: The Winter Soldier which made $US280 million. Over the US Labor Day holiday weekend, the tale of ragtag heroes in space added $US22.9 million to its fiveweek haul, taking its earnings to $US281.2 million since its release, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Although it proved a hit, Guardians nevertheless failed to break the $US300 million barrier the first time a summer film has failed to reach that mark since 2001. Another summer success was Transformers: Age of Extinction, with $244 million in the US and over $1 billion internationally. But others disappointed, like Hercules, Edge of Tomorrow and The Expendables 3, which made only $34 million despite an all-star cast including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford. The latter is almost the definition of formulaic, said Nunan. That was kind of fun because of the novelty of seeing wrinkly former stars, he explained. But now its another exhausted franchise. We all understand its a business and that sequels are more of a predictable commodity that an original film. But cant we try a little harder? Nunan said. In second place over the four-day Labour Day weekend was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which added another $US15.6 million to its take for a total of $US166.3 million. It was a disappointing return to the box office for former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, whose movie The November Man was sixth with $US10.1 million. Rounding out the top 10 was The Expendables 3, which took $US4.5 million in its third week in theatres. Its obvious that there is an appetite for the movies, even the bad ones because (they have) decent opening nights. 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