B.O. Roundup, September 5-7: 'Guardians' Lords Over the Slowest Weekend in Years

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B.O. Roundup, September 5-7: 'Guardians' Lords Over the Slowest Weekend in Years

Guardians of the Galaxy became the first Marvel Studios movie to spend four weekends atop the box office at number one, albeit non-consecutively.

Still, that's not the big story this weekend.

The big story is, in fact, how little story there is this weekend.  This was the slowest weekend in two years, with the top twelve grossing a combined $51.9 million. Not coincidentally, the quietest weekend of the last decade was also September 5th through 7th back in 2008, when the top twelve amounted to $50.3 million.

Not that it's a huge surprise.  The week after Labor is typically slower than molasses; the summer's over but neither the horror nor prestige seasons have yet to begin. 

Only one new release opened wide on this weekend when tumbleweeds bounce through multiplexes all over North America.  The Identical, a religious drama that imagines a world in which Elvis Presley's twin brother wasn't born stillborn, but instead went on his own parallel journey to musical success, opened in 1,956 theaters in the U.S. and Canada. 

Perhaps because of the critical shellacking it took, The Identical couldn't match the success of other recent movies with similar themes like God's Not Dead or Son of God.  The film didn't crack the top ten, opening at number eleven with an estimated $1.9 million.

Back to Guardians of the Galaxy, though.  After opening in first place back in August, Marvel's smartass space opera dropped to second behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in week two.  Then it popped up again and has now notched its fourth frame on top.  It's in good company, as the only other movies to manage such a thing in the last decade are Avatar, The Hunger Games, and The Dark Knight.

James Gunn's first big studio movie added an estimated $10.1 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $294.5 million. 

The biggest movie of 2014 so far is now the biggest August-opener on the books, surpassing The Sixth Sense.  On Saturday, Guardians of the Galaxy also zipped past the Stateside total of last summer's Man of Steel, which is sort of remarkable given that few members of the mainstream audience were familiar with the Guardians while the latter is a Superman movie.

Check out the top ten movies in North America for this September weekend:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy...................................................$10.1 million..............$294.5 million

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles..........................................$6.5 million...............$174.6 million

3. If I Stay...............................................................................$5.7 million...............$39.6 million

4. Let's Be Cops.....................................................................$5.4 million...............$66.5 million

5. The November Man............................................................$4.2 million...............$17.8 million

6. As Above, So Below...........................................................$3.7 million...............$15.5 million

7. When the Game Stands Tall..............................................$3.7 million...............$23.4 million

8. The Giver.............................................................................$3.5 million...............$37.8 million

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey...............................................$3.2 million...............$45.6 million

10. Lucy...................................................................................$1.9 million...............$121.2 million

Friday, September 12th finds a veritable plethora of limited releases opening in theaters, but the nationwide releases are limited to No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2.

Will either of these very, very different movies manage to unseat Guardians of the Galaxy, or will Star-Lord and company distinguish themselves yet again?

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