Weekend box office: November Man can’t beat Guardians
Another week, another #1 spot at the weekend box office for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. In fact, the top three films from last week repeated in their same spots this week as all newcomers failed to impress audiences. The first bummer of the weekend belonged to Pierce Brosnan’s NOVEMBER MAN, which left most critics longing for his James Bond days as opposed to this knock-off. The film couldn’t crack $10 million, but I think it would have done better with a January release, where it could have benefited from the lack of competition, much like what happened with the TAKEN movies. The other new movie of the weekend was the low budget horror film, AS ABOVE/SO BELOW, which actually beat out NOVEMBER MAN, but it couldn’t crack $10 million either. That’s a little surprising to me since there are no other horror movies at the box office right now and typically, even bad horror movies do well when there’s no competition.
Next week continues the summer doldrums, with what might be the weakest weekend of the year in terms of new movies opening. In fact, it will be a few weeks before we have anything exciting coming out. This week, we have THE IDENTICAL, which I wasn’t even sure was going to be released in theaters. We also have a re-release of FORREST GUMP, which seems like a good idea given the lack of new movies, but I’m not sure there’s much of a desire to see Forrest in theaters again. The movie is still great, but it’s also a little dated these days. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and are for the three day weekend only.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy $15.6m
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.2m
3. If I Stay $9m
4. As Above/So Below $8.7m
5. Let’s Be Cops $7.9m
6. November Man $7.6m
7. When the Game Stands Tall $5.3m
8. The Giver $5m
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.4m
10. The Expendables 3 $3.5m