Friday Report: 'Guardians' Rules, 'Identical' Flops

by Ray Subers
Guardians of the Galaxy

September 6, 2014

With faith-based flick The Identical bombing, Guardians of the Galaxy easily held on to first place at the box office on a very slow Friday.

The Top 10 earned just $13.2 million yesterday. On the worst weekend of the past decade (Sept. 5-7), the Top 10 took in $14 million. Translation: this will likely be the lowest-grossing weekend in over a decade.

Guardians of the Galaxy
eased 30 percent to an estimated $2.71 million. The Marvel movie has so far earned $287.1 million, and is on track to reach $300 million next weekend.

For the three-day frame, Guardians will take first place with just under $10 million. This will be its fourth weekend in the top spot: The Dark Knight, Avatar and The Hunger Games are the only other movies to accomplish such a feat in the past decade.

If I Stay
took second place with $1.61 million (off 39 percent). The young-adult romance has grossed $35.5 million so far.

Let's Be Cops
took third place ahead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cops scored $1.55 million, while Ninja Turtles added $1.5 million.

The November Man
rounded out the Top Five with $1.24 million.

In 10th place, The Identical bombed with $534,000 from 1,956 theaters. For the weekend, it will likely wind up below $2 million (and outside the Top 10).

The Forrest Gump IMAX re-release also tanked yesterday. Playing at 337 theaters, the re-release earned a paltry $109,000. In comparison, the Raiders of the Lost Ark re-release opened to $440,136 on the same date back in 2012 (and was playing at fewer theaters).

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