Weekend Box Office Report: September 5-7, 2014
Guardians keep going and going!
Marvel's unlikely space champions once again refused to relinquish the top of the chart as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY won the weekend with an estimated $10.1 million!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has now enjoyed four weekends at #1 (although not in a row -- they did take a couple weekends off to let TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES play). In the past ten years, only three other movies have accomplished that feat: THE DARK KNIGHT, AVATAR and THE HUNGER GAMES.
In addition, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's worldwide total of $586.2 million has now just scraped by IRON MAN's $585.2 million global finish back in 2008.
There's not a whole lot of other interesting box office activity on this slow weekend -- it's one of the lowest-grossing in a decade. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES kept a grip on second place with $6.5 million as it comes thisclose to passing HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2's $174.7 million domestic total.
The Chloe Moretz teen drama IF I STAY did indeed stay in third with another $5.7 million, while LET'S BE COPS and THE NOVEMBER MAN each got boosted up a spot from last week's standings as the catacombs horror release AS ABOVE/SO BELOW descended down to sixth.
WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, THE GIVER and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY all remained in the exact same positions as last week, and Scarlett Johansson's sci-fi/action movie LUCY strutted back into the Top 10 as it has also reached an impressive $313.4 million worldwide total.
If you thought there weren't any major releases this past weekend, that's not entirely true -- a faith-based musical drama called THE IDENTICAL (a "What If?" story about Elvis Presley's twin brother) was released on nearly 2000 screens and made a cruel $1.9 million. Critics pummeled the movie with a 4% average on Rotten Tomatoes, while the few dozen moviegoers who turned up gave it a 'B' CinemaScore.
Outside the chart, THE EXPENDABLES 3 got loaded into the van headed for the retirement home, the limited IMAX 20th anniversary re-release of FORREST GUMP only made $405k, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD has passed $20 million, and Tom Cruise's sci-fi time-looper EDGE OF TOMORROW has finally crawled over $100 million domestic after battling for three months in theaters.
Next weekend has Morgan Freeman assisting another aquatic friend in DOLPHIN TALE 2, Idris Elba menaces Taraji P. Henson in NO GOOD DEED, and Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini engage in criminal behavior in THE DROP.
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||Guardians of the Galaxy||$10.1 M||$294.5 M|
|2.||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||$6.5 M||$174.6 M|
|3.||If I Stay||$5.7 M||$39.6 M|
|4.||Let's Be Cops||$5.4 M||$66.5 M|
|5.||The November Man||$4.2 M||$17.8 M|
|6.||As Above So Below||$3.7 M||$15.5 M|
|7.||When the Game Stands Tall||$3.7 M||$23.4 M|
|8.||The Giver||$3.5 M||$37.8 M|
|9.||The Hundred-Foot Journey||$3.2 M||$45.6 M|
|10.||Lucy||$1.9 M||$121.2 M|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|