Create Game Lists on MeltedJoystick.com
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
 
  Login Using Facebook
Twitter
 
     

Weekend Box Office: Yawn of the Dead as Guardians Tops Slowest Weekend in Two Years

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 09/07/14 at 09:33 PM CT

The post-Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the slowest weekends of the year as it sits between the blockbuster summer and the Oscar-hopeful fall. But to put an emphasis on just how slow things can get, the total weekend brought in just $51.9 million - the slowest weekend in two years. In the past decade, only 2008's $50.3 million has been a worse September showing - and not by much. Of course it didn't help that the only new wide release completely bombed (not even cracking the top 10), leaving it to some summer favorites to try to hold the fort.

1) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Guardians of the Galaxy was the only real winner this slow weekend. It joined a pretty elite club (The Dark Knight, Avatar and The Hunger Games) in becoming only the fourth film in the last decade to take the top spot for four weeks. With an additional $10.16 million, the film has brought in $294.5 million and should top the $300 million mark in the next few days. It surpassed last year's Man of Steel ($291 million) and, if it can keep up the pace, should be able to top the original Iron Man ($318 million) as it soldiers on into the fall. Given the fact this was not a well-known group of heroes - I don't think anyone could have predicted these results. But hand it to the excellent casting, great story and, yes, even an amazing soundtrack - Guardians is a breath of fresh air in a crowded superhero market.

2) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Also repeating in second place, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is flirting with the $175 million mark. Taking in $6.5 million (off 46%), the film now stands at $174.6 million. Unlike Guardians, I still fail to see the appeal of this monstrosity, but enough people seem to like it (or have nothing better to do), so we're going to be forced to sit through at least one more film. Don't ask me why.


3) IF I STAY

The drama took in $5.75 million (off a bit over 38%) raising its total to $39.66 million. Outside chances still have this topping $50 million, though it's going to be close. Still, on a roughly $11 million budget, it's looking like this is going to be nice, albeit minor, hit for the studio.



4) LET'S BE COPS

The cop comedy had the distinction of having the smallest drop out of any film in the top five, dipping just 35% in its fourth weekend. Taking in $5.4 million, Let's Be Cops now stands at a respectable $66.6 million (run away, it's the devil's movie now!). Once again, on a low $17 million budget, the movie is a certified hit.



5) THE NOVEMBER MAN

The November Man also had the distinction of being the only movie in the top five to jump in the polls. Rising from 6th to 5th place (still dropping 47% of its audience). No one is going to be calling this one a hit, as the $4.2 million it brought in only gives it a $17.87 million total. It's probably going to stall at around $25 million - and that's with a little luck.


Outside the top five: The week's new release, The Identical, couldn't bring in any faithful audiences. It opened to a measly $1.9 million (11th place) far away from the impressive opening of God's Not Dead ($9.2 million) and not even close to the disappointing opening of Moms' Night Out ($4.2 million). Once again - just because you have some Christian angle doesn't mean you're going to get the religious crowd to support you if you have a stupid concept.

The only other release of not was the IMAX anniversary release of Forrest Gump - which turned into pretty much a non-event, taking in just $405,000 from 337 theaters (for comparison, Raiders of the Lost Ark brought in $1.67 million from 267 theaters back in 2012). I have a feeling the feel-good, somewhat saccharine nature of Forrest Gump just doesn't hold up as well as other films from the same era.

Next week, we have another feel-good movie in Dolphin Tale 2 and a gritty home invasion thriller in No Good Deed. Something tells me it's going to be another slow weekend, though at least it has more potential than this dreadfully slow result.

Comments
0 comments
Name: 

Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   
 
Bloggers
Recent Blog Posts
Archive

All Posts

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

 
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
 
 
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
2015 by Karmand
Top Movie List by Michael
Movies of 2017 by Stoney McStonerson
2017 by Randall
Movies I've Seen by M3tr4nk0
2017 Rated and Ranked by Chris Kavan
Best Horror Films of all Time by cacb3995
Top Movie List by Seth

 

 

 

Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us

Jobs

About us

SiteMap

 

Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use

Privacy

   
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?