The post-Labor Day weekend is always considered the worst weekend of the year for filmgoing.
This year, coming off one of the worst summers for domestic box-office in recent memory, the news was grim. The only new wide release opener, the faith-based “The Identical,” bombed on opening and came in eleventh place with $1.9 million.
The Top Ten stayed relatively the same though with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” retaining the top spot for a fourth weekend of its six weekends in release so far.
That tops the three No. 1 weekends that both “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “The Avengers” scored, though domestically it’s less than half that of “The Avengers” (under $300M vs. $623M).
Meanwhile “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” has been boosting its cinema count in recent weeks, probably in a final effort to push the film’s domestic haul forward enough to break a record.
As of this weekend, ‘Days’ sits at $233.67 million – that’s less than a million shy of the series best performing title “X-Men: The Last Stand” at $234.36 million.