Weekend box office: Guardians takes the top spot again

Although it hasn’t done it in consecutive weekends, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has managed to score the top spot at the weekend box office four times, meaning it’s now the only Marvel film to do so.  Both THE AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER only did it three times.  Guardians is already the biggest movie of the year, but I’m sure it’s nice for James Gunn and company to have the bragging rights when they bump into Joss Whedon in the hallway at Marvel studios.  However, when you score the top spot with barely $10 million, it’s probably not the strength of your movie (in its sixth weekend) as much as it is the complete lack of competition.  The only new movie of the weekend that had any hope of cracking the top ten was THE IDENTICAL, which looks like it will get booted out of the top ten by LUCY.  Is it just me, or is this Fall movie season unusually slow, even compared to the same time in previous years?

Next week sees the release of DOLPHIN TALE 2 and THE DROP.  I don’t think most people even realized they were making a sequel to DOLPHIN TALE, so I don’t have high hopes for that one at the weekend box office.  And even though I’m much more excited to see Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in THE DROP, I don’t think it’s the kind of movie that will light up the box office numbers at all.  So GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY might somehow make it 5 weeks at #1.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy $10.2m

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $5.8m

3. If I Stay $5.4m

4. Let’s Be Cops $5.3m

5. November Man $4.3m

6. As Above/So Below $3.8m

7. When the Game Stands Tall $3.6m

8. The Giver $3.5m

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey $3.2m

10. Lucy $2m

(Deadline)

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