Box-Office Preview: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Rule Quiet Weekend
"The Identical" is the weekend's only new wide release
With just one new wide release — the faith-based Elvis drama The Identical — hitting theaters this weekend, it looks like Marvel and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy will earn its fifth No. 1 at the U.S. box office.
The space opera directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana is looking to earn around $9 million to $10 million in its sixth weekend in U.S. theaters. The film has been having a great run in what has been a underwhelming summer, and it became the top-grossing film of 2014 domestically in early August, eclipsing the $259.8 million earned by fellow Marvel and Disney tentpole Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The film has earned $282.6 million domestically and $555.7 million worldwide as it heads into its sixth weekend in theaters. A sequel has already been announced.
The weekend after Labor Day is an infamously slow weekend, and this year looks to be no exception, with only one new release hitting theaters nationwide.
The Identical is aiming to go after the Christian audience that has propelled several other films into box-office success this year, including Heaven Is for Real, God's Not Dead and Son of God. Opening in around 1,950 theaters, the musical drama looks likely to earn less than $3 million in its U.S. debut unless the religious audience flocks to theaters.
The film stars Blake Rayne as a young man who lives a tough but normal life until he decides to go against the wishes of his minister father (Ray Liotta) and mother (Ashley Judd) and embark on a music career. People start to realize he has the same voice and talent as a famous Elvis Presley-like singer named Drexel “the Dream” Hemsley (also Rayne), which turns out to be the case because they're twins separated at birth.
Dustin Marcellino makes his feature film directorial debut with the PG film, which Freestyle Releasing is distributing.