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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,645,197--3,903--$18,869$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,568,138-29%3,716-26$6,073$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,007,634--2,194--$7,296$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,671,666-48%3,563-600$3,837$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,820,055-41%2,264-810$1,246$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,425,978-54%2,1010$1,155$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,968,891-47%2,041-864$965$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,734,679-34%1,158-158$1,498$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$1,706,286-50%2,102-468$812$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,820,479-17%8350$2,180$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,174,269-22%574-160$2,046$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,055,690-60%922-655$1,145$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$912,45275%250137$3,650$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$745,457-38%503-397$1,482$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$732,825-36%497-585$1,474$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$606,753-52%726-813$836$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$290,176-43%323-317$898$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$267,858-67%456-701$587$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$214,239-56%331-277$647$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$159,36250%263116$606$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Despicable Me 2$143,835-16%223-29$645$367,355,88524Universal
13Black Nativity$143,611-86%260-1265$552$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
14Blue Jasmine$102,465275%302267$339$32,900,32721Sony Pictures Classics
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,022-37%175-137$583$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Free Birds$101,559-70%283-919$359$53,982,5927Relativity Media
17About Time$95,765-57%143-123$670$15,196,8787Universal
18Escape Plan$94,487154%16786$566$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
19The Christmas Candle$90,859-47%190-116$478$2,115,8705EchoLight Studios
20Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$44,815-18%123-17$364$68,378,13319Fox
21Oldboy (2013)$33,580-89%151-432$222$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$740,455--6--$123,409$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$413,373--15--$27,558$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$356,785-12%1511$23,786$910,3172CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$86,525-4%388$2,277$530,9325Janus Films
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$61,429-18%58-20$1,059$1,891,8438IFC Films
6Enough Said$44,016-32%72-22$611$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,084-53%40$8,771$241,0793Weinstein Company
8Don Jon$31,457-39%92-33$342$24,423,14112Relativity Media
9The Armstrong Lie$30,136-17%46-31$655$292,2736Sony Pictures Classics
10Insidious Chapter 2$28,812-41%99-23$291$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
11Kill Your Darlings$28,479-22%40-32$712$879,3429Sony Pictures Classics
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,282-90%61-946$431$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
13Narco Cultura$22,462-66%29-17$775$131,9954Cinedigm
14Hubble 3D$21,873-12%142$1,562$41,530,975196Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Counselor$16,382-30%60-11$273$16,923,0428Fox
16Space Station 3D$16,125-2%50$3,225$89,571,785609IMAX
17Planes$15,647-49%70-61$224$90,282,58019Disney
18The Family (2013)$14,233-50%56-40$254$36,887,95014Relativity Media
1920 Feet from Stardom$12,327376%3222$385$4,794,40727RADiUS-TWC
20The Saratov Approach$12,054-25%21-6$574$1,466,58710Purdie Distribution
21Wadjda$11,46816%193$604$1,371,16414Sony Pictures Classics
22Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,084-3%157$739$99,7434IFC Films
23The Punk Singer$10,924-56%204$546$87,8223IFC Films
24Monsters University$10,232-38%48-27$213$268,488,32926Disney
25Baggage Claim$9,938-21%30-12$331$21,564,61612Fox Searchlight
26Bettie Page Reveals All$9,128-61%17-4$537$62,2384Music Box Films
27The Last Days on Mars$8,47884%1310$652$15,9282Magnolia / Magnet
28To the Arctic 3D$6,3587%8-2$795$13,702,55687Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Liv & Ingmar$5,451--2--$2,726$5,4511Janus Films
30The Act of Killing$5,415--5--$1,083$456,89022Drafthouse Films
31Spinning Plates$4,715-45%60$786$109,7568The Film Arcade
32Muscle Shoals$4,120-37%11-2$375$656,57512Magnolia Pictures
33Camille Claudel 1915$3,459--4--$865$26,2049Kino Lorber
34Let the Fire Burn$3,198-25%2-1$1,599$59,03311Zeitgeist Films
35Sweet Dreams (2013)$3,065-62%5-2$613$22,8537International Film Circuit
36Austenland$2,868-10%121$239$2,148,72918Sony Pictures Classics
37Inequality for All$2,615-79%11-3$238$1,187,35412RADiUS-TWC
38Journey to the South Pacific$2,481-22%10$2,481$18,6923IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
39Museum Hours$2,326170%20$1,163$551,02525Cinema Guild
40Nuclear Nation$2,268--1--$2,268$3,6001First Run Features
41Deep Sea 3D$1,99823%21$999$45,997,737407Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Tricked$1,930--1--$1,930$1,9301Kino Lorber
43The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,77087%21$885$53,2417Zeitgeist Films
44I Am Divine$1,4454%2-1$723$55,70310The Film Collaborative
45Under the Sea 3D$1,291-31%60$215$33,685,939253Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Faust$1,17713%52$235$36,6645Leisure Time Features
47Short Term 12$9258%2-2$463$1,008,50717Cinedigm
48Big Sur$855--2--$428$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
49Here Comes the Devil$783--2--$392$7831Magnolia / Magnet
50A Touch of Sin$742-71%2-1$371$103,05211Kino Lorber
51Paradise: Hope$679-75%32$226$4,1472Strand Releasing
52The Last Time I Saw Macao$481--1--$481$5,64114Cinema Guild
53The Trials of Muhammad Ali$432--1--$432$58,07317Kino Lorber
54Free the Mind$320--1--$320$147,32233International Film Circuit
55Born to Be Wild 3D$221-90%4-2$55$23,110,134141Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Fire in the Blood$182--2--$91$18,46015International Film Circuit
57When Comedy Went to School$171-84%2-1$86$231,08820International Film Circuit
58M (2013 re-issue)$76--1--$76$35,49140Kino Lorber
59Linsanity$72--2--$36$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment