Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.2M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.2MSeptember 01, 2014 08:55 AM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $22.18 million over the four-day frame to lead the box office for a second straight weekend. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed a tremendous $280.48 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day frame, Guardians of the Galaxy was up an impressive 29 percent over last weekend's three-day frame. The revised three-day estimate for Guardians of the Galaxy is $17.08 million.

While it didn't have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day frame with an estimated $15.7 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 6 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a 25-day take of $166.36 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $11.90 million.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with an estimated four-day take of $11.30 million. That represented a respectable 26 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.16 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $9.30 million.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with an estimated $10.32 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below performed similarly to 2011's Apollo 18, which debuted with a $10.71 million 4-day Labor Day weekend take. As Above/So Below received a lackluster C- rating on CinemaScore and will likely be front-loaded going forward due in part to its genre. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.6 million.

The November Man opened in sixth with an estimated four-day take of $10.2 million. There is a history of new films aimed at adults over-performing during Labor Day weekend, but Relativity's action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.89 million. That places The November Man 19 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $7.88 million.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $10.55 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 2 percent from last weekend. Let's Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and is now on the verge of reaching the $60 million mark with a 20-day take of $59.67 million. The revised three-day estimate for the film is $8.28 million.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with an estimated four-day take of $3.33 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,704 from 382 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the film stands at $2.66 million.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed an estimated $2.2 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The revised three-day estimate for the re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster is $1.75 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 8 - Sun, Oct. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$15,451,991-31%2,7710$5,576$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$14,506,464--3,150--$4,605$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$12,694,770--3,072--$4,132$12,694,7701Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,888,019-37%3,225-350$2,136$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5My Soul to Take$6,842,220--2,572--$2,660$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
6The Town$6,411,008-34%2,720-215$2,357$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,603,123-54%2,829-768$1,627$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$4,289,418-36%2,847-127$1,507$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$2,680,305-50%2,2121$1,212$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10You Again$2,512,782-56%2,332-216$1,078$20,769,9953Disney
11Let Me In$2,447,618-52%2,04221$1,199$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
12Devil$1,809,695-49%1,442-950$1,255$30,046,5304Universal
13Alpha and Omega$1,500,390-49%1,616-687$928$21,018,0644Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,255,120-55%1,012-895$1,240$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$2,013,406--742--$2,713$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$642,30557%10369$6,236$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Toy Story 3$555,096142%393158$1,412$412,031,73317Disney
4Inception$492,311-46%403-222$1,222$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
5Catfish$393,359-33%1437$2,751$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
6Takers$388,422-50%412-361$943$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$347,705-21%353-110$985$246,557,45514Universal
8Never Let Me Go$345,74185%167124$2,070$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
9Salt$236,285-18%266-22$888$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
10The Other Guys$194,727-56%289-277$674$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
11Mao's Last Dancer$183,230-30%121-16$1,514$3,737,3488Samuel Goldwyn
12Nanny McPhee Returns$149,415-32%318-163$470$28,725,4508Universal
13Lottery Ticket$144,773-40%194-108$746$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
14Eat Pray Love$140,050-56%215-183$651$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
15The Expendables$124,292-46%225-185$552$102,734,8939Lionsgate
16Grown Ups$106,910-34%159-71$672$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$103,638-29%190-71$545$36,515,1888Fox
18Machete$100,877-53%167-147$604$26,389,8676Fox
19Dinner for Schmucks$100,482-39%159-102$632$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
20The American$85,672-59%174-200$492$35,375,7686Focus
21Get Low$85,354-53%143-128$597$8,800,25111Sony Pictures Classics
22The Sorcerer's Apprentice$68,421-41%109-61$628$63,017,28813Disney
23Going the Distance (2010)$65,47867%19675$334$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
24Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$54,545-55%119-69$458$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
25Ramona and Beezus$48,672-40%106-55$459$26,039,04812Fox
26The Switch (2010)$36,446-63%103-139$354$27,505,6938Miramax

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$270,17526%7445$3,651$860,8483Sony Pictures Classics
2Buried$221,694128%9259$2,410$511,0383Lionsgate
3Hubble 3D$167,85635%602$2,798$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anjaana Anjaani$117,733-77%910$1,294$726,2712Eros
5Stone$75,766--6--$12,628$75,7661Relativity / Overture
6Jack Goes Boating$56,215-44%9011$625$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Nowhere Boy$52,749--4--$13,187$52,7491Weinstein Company
8Under the Sea 3D$50,84674%180$2,825$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Howl$48,306-10%181$2,684$207,4373Oscilloscope
10Inside Job$39,649--2--$19,825$39,6491Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl Who Played With Fire$39,353-28%56-22$703$7,476,30114Music Box
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$38,013-45%83-58$458$300,476,77915Summit
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$32,064--12--$2,672$32,0641Anchor Bay
14Piranha 3D$29,303-55%54-41$543$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
15Heartbreaker$23,227-58%33-10$704$371,5405IFC
16Cairo Time$23,040-48%49-22$470$1,535,86410IFC
17Winter's Bone$21,989-51%52-20$423$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
18Enter the Void$21,260-15%93$2,362$137,0443IFC Films
19What If...$20,674-17%326$646$623,6748Five & Two Pictures
20Last Train Home$20,19123%123$1,683$154,7946Zeitgeist Films
21The Kids Are All Right$19,973-54%31-33$644$20,775,49414Focus
22Tamara Drewe$18,604--1--$18,604$18,6041Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tillman Story$17,508-28%24-3$730$666,8228Weinstein Company
24Avatar$17,304-24%14-5$1,236$760,307,59443Fox
25Leaving$16,32529%86$2,041$36,9492IFC
26Step Up 3D$15,361-28%17-9$904$42,240,87010Disney
27Predators$12,851-39%32-14$402$52,000,68814Fox
28I Am Love$12,669-29%14-4$905$4,939,30817Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$12,554-15%61$2,092$101,0524First Run
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,1635%10-4$1,216$545,88810National Geographic
31Fool for Love (2010)$10,358-37%6-2$1,726$149,6975Variance Films
32GhettoPhysics$10,087--9--$1,121$10,0871IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Animal Kingdom$9,746-31%26-6$375$918,0909Sony Pictures Classics
34The Concert$8,306-60%10-11$831$631,95412Weinstein Company
35Jim$7,809--1--$7,809$7,8091Area23a
36Mademoiselle Chambon$7,803-53%7-8$1,115$466,40520Lorber
37Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,17562%103$718$499,5717Music Box
38Flipped$6,940-55%18-17$386$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
39A Film Unfinished$6,233-71%4-12$1,558$235,0668Oscilloscope
40Freakonomics$6,146-81%8-12$768$52,6982Magnolia
41Soul Kitchen$6,013-56%20-3$301$250,0598IFC
42Douchebag$5,40382%10$5,403$8,9982Paladin
43Lebanon$5,199-42%232$226$339,82752Sony Pictures Classics
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,142542%2-2$2,571$34,6084Collective Eye
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,05017%20$2,525$23,320,794158National Geographic
46I'm Still Here$4,808-58%11-8$437$399,1835Magnolia
47Cyrus$4,23142%115$385$7,455,44717Fox Searchlight
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$4,104-64%7-1$586$103,5045Lorber
49Leaves of Grass$3,801-51%3-3$1,267$68,0094First Look
50A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,526-62%11-8$321$159,2456Sony Pictures Classics
51Lovely, Still$3,024-75%6-5$504$95,6735Monterey Media
52Stonewall Uprising$2,901657%21$1,451$126,46917First Run Features
53Micmacs$2,86824%7-2$410$1,254,92720Sony Classics
54Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,729-15%6-1$455$235,1846Music Box
55Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,60351%50$521$393,18316Sony Pictures Classics
56Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$2,520-63%8-6$315$1,722,25818Sony Pictures Classics
57The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,28276%10$2,282$122,59027International Film Circuit
58Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,977-75%2-5$989$439,90823Kino International
59Winnebago Man$1,91644%50$383$174,80214Kino International
60My Dog Tulip$1,652-54%1-1$1,652$70,4346New Yorker Films
61The Extra Man$1,580-71%6-3$263$442,71811Magnolia
62As Good As Dead$1,494--1--$1,494$1,4941First Look
63Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,471-57%20$736$3,278,51426Producers Distribution Agency
64The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,320-49%2-1$660$164,09310Anchor Bay
65Agora$1,261-57%1-1$1,261$615,60320Newmarket
66Behind the Burly Q$1,240--1--$1,240$23,78725First Run Features
67Hideaway (2009)$1,049341%1--$1,049$25,8155Strand
68The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,03891%40$260$10,072,23330Music Box
69Around a Small Mountain$765--1--$765$28,13914Cinema Guild
70The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$719-71%2-4$360$6,389,02026Sony Pictures Classics
71Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$714549%10$714$57,65216Kino International
72Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$694-69%2-1$347$29,8045Lorber
73Please Give$560-42%1-7$560$4,031,46724Sony Pictures Classics
74Mother and Child$49447%21$247$1,109,78023Sony Pictures Classics
75John Rabe$402-50%10$402$67,25521Strand
76Everyone Else$393--1--$393$99,80069Cinema Guild
77GasLand$273-92%10$273$27,8194International WOW
78Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$227-58%10$227$18,9549First Run Features