Friday Report: 'Guardians' Rules, 'Identical' Flops
by Ray Subers
September 6, 2014
|Guardians of the Galaxy|| |
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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• Forecast: 'Guardians' Set to Three-peat Against 'The Identical'
• Grosses for Friday, September 5, 2014
• 2014 Domestic Box Office