Disney reports that Guardians of the Galaxy tacked on another estimated $2.71 million Friday, the start of its sixth weekend. That figure was off just 30 percent from last Friday and brings the film's domestic total to $287.1 million. The film's pace remains just over 1 percent ahead of Marvel's original Iron Man through the same point in release. BoxOffice projects a $10.6 million finish in first place this weekend for its third straight and fourth overall weekend victory.
One interesting note this weekend is that projections put Guardians and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on pace to repeat as the top two films for a fifth consecutive weekend. Should that pace hold with actual results, it would mark the first any two films have accomplished that feat since 1984's Ghostbusters and Gremlins (which repeated as the top two for six weeks between June and July). Additionally, 1990's original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick paired with Pretty Woman to dominate the top two spots for seven weeks that year (March-May). It's unlikely that Guardians and the new Turtles will get that far, though, with Dolphin Tale 2 and/or No Good Deed poised to open at least that high next weekend.
Warner Bros.' If I Stay returned to second place on Friday as it posted $1.6 million at the start of its third frame, targeting a $4.9 million weekend. The total through Friday is $35.5 million.
Meanwhile, Fox's Let's Be Cops added $1.55 million on Friday and is projected to earn $5.0 million over the the weekend. The film's total through Friday is $62.75 million.
Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was down 44 percent from last week to $1.5 million. The reboot has amassed an excellent $169.65 million domestically to-date. BoxOffice projects a $5.5 million fifth frame.
Relativity's The November Man added $1.24 million on Friday, down 44 percent from the same day last week. The Pierce Brosnan thriller has taken in $14.9 million in its first 10 days of release--20 percent behind The Debt at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $4.1 million sophomore frame.
Freestyle Releasing's The Identical bowed to $0.52 million in its first day of release. With a reported combined budget of more than $30 million, this is an unfortunate showing for the faith-based film, whose marketing penetration into the mainstream was almost non-existent. Freestyle projects a $2 million opening weekend.
On the limited release front, Paramount's 20th anniversary re-release of Forrest Gump took in an estimated $109,000 from 337 IMAX locations on Friday. By comparison, the IMAX and 3D re-issue of The Wizard of Oz last September took in $754,761 million from 318 locations on opening day. BoxOffice projects a $440,000 weekend for Gump.