Movie studios and theatre chains all over the country are breathing a sigh of relief as one of the slowest Summers ever, came to a quiet end this Labor Day weekend.
The holiday was dominated by holdovers as Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” held on to first place an estimated $16.5 million (Friday-Sunday, just five percent off from last weekend, which is rather impressive. The 10th Marvel film has now earned over $280 million at the domestic box office, and over $270 million overseas.
In second place, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” dipped 30 percent to $11.8 million. Turtles has grossed a surprising $162.4 million, which means Michael Bay is probably looking to destroy more of my childhood memories. But if he comes near the Thundercats, things might get ugly
“If I Stay” held on to third place with $9.3 million (Friday-Sunday). It was off just 41 percent from the previous week. By comparison, ” The Fault in our Stars” fell 69 percent in its second week. Thus far, “If I Stay” has taken in $32.1 million domestically.
The newcomers this week didn’t fare so well. Playing at 2,640 theaters, found footage horror movie “As Above/So Below “opened to an estimated $8.3 million this weekend. 39 percent of which came on Friday, With a weak marketing campaign and a “C-” CinemaScore, “As Above/So Below” is going to drop like a rock from here.
“The November Man” opened in sixth place with $7.7 million. Including its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, “The November Man” has now earned $11.9 million. Ouch, that’s not even close to the numbers Pierce Brosnan brought in as James Bond.
The movie’s audience was 55 percent male and 83 percent over the age of 25. They awarded it a solid “B+” CinemaScore. I saw “The November Man” over the weekend, so look for my review in the next day or two.