Box office roundup – Sept. 7, 2014 – “Guardians” makes Marvel history

Marvel Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)
Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $10.1 million – [5th week; $294 million in total] In winning the top spot for a fifth week, “Guardians” managed what no other Marvel Studios film – even “Marvel’s The Avengers” could accomplish. It’s a rare feat in the past decade as only “Avatar,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Hunger Games” can make similar boasts. None of those films faced such weak competition though as this marked the lowest box office weekend in over a decade. September is looking very lean with nothing of note coming out so don’t be stunned if “Guardians” sweeps through this month as well.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -$6.4 million – [4th week; $174 million] Turtles remain looking up at “Guardians” in what has seemed like a constant phrase over the last few weeks. It should end its run just shy of $200 million domestically.

3. If I Stay – $5.75 million [3rd week; $39.9 million] As the only YA film around these days, this has remained a fixture in the top 5 and should until “Maze Runner” debuts Sept. 19.

4. Let’s Be Cops – $5.4 million [3rd week; $66.5 million] – The cop comedy rolls along

Pierce Brosnan in The November Man5. The November Man – $4.2 million [2nd week; $17.8 million] Pierce Brosnan’s spy drama is oddly his biggest hit in almost a decade. Not counting the 2008 ensemble “Mamma Mia,” Brosnan has largely stuck to supporting roles, but by next weekend this will his biggest headlining film since 2004’s “After the Sunset,” which I’d be impressed if you’ve seen it.





  • Fred

    This month is indeed weak until “The Equalizer” with Denzel opens of course, you forgot about that one Jeff. But I actually think the new film with Idris Elba and Tari P Henson should be enough to dethrone GOTG next week. Apart of me gives GOTG credit for being at number #1 or #2 for the last 6 weeks, but the other part looks at the god awful competition and I just can’t over look that. Had this opened in May it would be number one two weeks at best. So to put things in perspective had The Avengers opened in this time period we would be looking at an 8-10 week run the top easily. GOTG did it’s thing and is cleaning up at the box office and would have made a lot of money no matter when it opened, but there’s no doubt that it released at the best time possible to maximize it best box office potential.

  • I’m curious as to how it will connect with mainstream audiences, Fred. Not sure if Henson will attract everyone like say Halle Berry did with “The Call.”

    I’m much more like you with GOTG. It’s definitely benefited from a favorable release schedule. Avengers would have killed at this time!

  • Fred

    I’m not saying the Elba/Henson film will be a huge hit which it won’t. I just figure that GOTG will probably be down to 6-7 million next week and this film being something new and fresh should be able to draw enough audiences to top that. “The Equalizer” is going to be a big hit later this month, there’s no doubt that, it’s projected to make at least 35 million it’s opening weekend and I think it could open even better than that. Now Denzel will attract movie audiences, we both know that.

  • I did forget The Equalizer in preventing a September sweep for GOTG.

    We’ll see about No Good Deed though. That would be a pleasant surprise as well as good scheduling from Screen Gems.

  • Fred

    I’m afraid you’re giving GOTG a little too much dap my man, no way it was going to sweep through September even with without “The Equalizer”, what winning the box office making 3 million, not possible. Even as bad as a box office is in September, some movie is going to make enough to knock you off when your film is down to 5 million over the weekend. I’ll admit this weekend could be a close one and the last weekend GOTG will have a reasonable chance at number one, but I’m telling you it’s going to be down to about 6-7 million this weekend, “No Good Deeds” could beat that.

  • No, I’m with you. I can see No Good Deed beating GOTG out, but likely a lot of flip flopping until The Equalizer comes and stabilizes things for a few weeks.

  • Fred

    Plus “Dolphin Tale 2” opens on 3,500 screens this Friday compared to ‘Deeds’ 2,000 screens, I forgot about that film. There won’t be any flip flopping my man because another film opens September 19th that you forgot about as well. Just the title of the film and who’s starring in it should be enough to tell you that it will be the number one film that weekend, “A Walk Among The Tumbstones” starring Liam Neeson, his films always make money at the box office my friend, always. Even when they’re not the ‘Taken’ films his films usually make between 75-100 million domestic.

  • So I’ll go with Dolphin Tale winning this week, Tombstones next week then The Equalizer to wrap the week. How far do you see GOTG falling during this month? Second or down to fifth place?

  • Fred

    Probably by the time “The Equalizer” opens September 26th GOTG might still be in the Top 5 rounding it out which would be incredible seeing that it will be it’s 9th weekend out, it should have around an 11-12 run in the top 10 overall before it finally drops out for good.

  • Ok, I’m gonna hold you to that prediction my friend 😉

  • Fred

    Haha okay.