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. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,505,278-57%3,92825$8,021$127,550,6952Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,232,425--3,507--$7,480$39,456,0681Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$19,642,107-13%3,540-176$5,549$192,034,1175Disney
4American Hustle$19,106,9332480%2,5072501$7,621$20,220,3012Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$9,344,3812161%2,1102095$4,429$9,969,8672Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$8,764,479-36%2,949-614$2,972$371,718,2755Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$8,384,980-48%2,1940$3,822$28,155,2572Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$7,091,938--3,231--$2,195$7,091,9381Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$1,341,763-52%1,116-1148$1,202$200,779,8717Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$3,423,508--239--$14,324$3,423,5081Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$1,210,637-33%738-97$1,640$13,322,1895Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,081,364203%148133$7,307$2,132,5143CBS Films
4The Book Thief$753,408-57%680-478$1,108$16,596,9977Fox
5Nebraska$565,103-38%31060$1,823$4,370,4696Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$526,672-69%675-1427$780$19,783,7774Open Road
7Delivery Man$486,339-75%663-1378$734$29,279,2255Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$431,497-42%302-201$1,429$253,567,28212Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$393,120-63%351-571$1,120$69,794,4356Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$382,846-67%330-244$1,160$15,156,1228Focus
1112 Years a Slave$370,090-49%301-196$1,230$37,080,31610Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$327,165-87%728-1373$449$10,928,3053Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$296,419191%313138$947$115,740,19613Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$251,084-59%333-393$754$62,244,7658CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$193,165-28%278-178$695$100,850,0519Paramount
16Captain Phillips$140,388-52%172-151$816$104,287,64011Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$106,077-50%187-144$567$60,724,6538Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$98,505-32%197-26$500$367,504,16025Universal
19Free Birds$68,631-32%184-99$373$54,090,4648Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$64,032-32%138-29$464$24,834,08210Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$260,382--6--$43,397$364,6401Warner Bros.
2Personal Tailor$112,224--9--$12,469$112,2241China Lion Film
3The Great Beauty$68,428-21%424$1,629$650,9466Janus Films
4All Is Lost$48,545-70%83-180$585$5,840,56910Roadside Attractions
5Hubble 3D$41,55390%12-2$3,463$41,605,388197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6About Time$41,225-57%97-46$425$15,294,5538Universal
7The Christmas Candle$35,554-61%67-123$531$2,209,4796EchoLight Studios
8Black Nativity$34,933-76%63-197$554$6,967,5034Fox Searchlight
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$31,169-49%31-27$1,005$1,962,1029IFC Films
10The Past$29,270--3--$9,757$29,2701Sony Pictures Classics
11Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$29,231-17%40$7,308$292,9934Weinstein Company
12Space Station 3D$29,06880%61$4,845$89,625,010610IMAX
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,854-40%85-38$316$68,419,95020Fox
14Enough Said$24,262-45%42-30$578$17,409,12514Fox Searchlight
15Blue Jasmine$22,420-78%26-276$862$32,971,78222Sony Pictures Classics
16Kill Your Darlings$19,790-31%20-20$990$913,48110Sony Pictures Classics
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,412-41%43-18$358$116,129,27519Weinstein Company
18Don Jon$12,084-62%32-60$378$24,456,51313Relativity Media
19The Saratov Approach$11,143-8%20-1$557$1,485,23411Purdie Distribution
20The Armstrong Lie$8,118-73%16-30$507$316,9767Sony Pictures Classics
21Wadjda$6,289-45%15-4$419$1,380,90215Sony Pictures Classics
22The Counselor$6,181-62%24-36$258$16,940,0729Fox
23Go for Sisters$5,114--6--$852$55,9637Variance Films
24The Family (2013)$5,033-65%29-27$174$36,901,97215Relativity Media
25Journey to the South Pacific$4,94599%32$1,648$25,9724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,955-64%8-7$494$112,7625IFC Films
27The Punk Singer$3,868-65%15-5$258$101,6774IFC Films
28Breakfast with Curtis$3,142--2--$1,571$6,6293Abramorama / Bond 360
29To the Arctic 3D$3,128-51%80$391$13,709,64388Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Narco Cultura$3,109-86%7-22$444$144,4055Cinedigm
3120 Feet from Stardom$2,916-76%10-22$292$4,804,15028RADiUS-TWC
32Under the Sea 3D$2,751113%5-1$550$33,689,732254Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The Selfish Giant$2,589--2--$1,295$2,5891IFC Films
34Deep Sea 3D$2,37619%20$1,188$46,002,555408Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Muscle Shoals$2,306-44%9-2$256$663,06513Magnolia Pictures
36Oldboy (2013)$2,208-93%21-130$105$2,181,2904FilmDistrict
37God Loves Uganda$2,041--2--$1,021$47,99111Variance Films
38Maidentrip$1,622--1--$1,622$1,6221First Run Features
39Faust$1,54531%3-2$515$39,5856Leisure Time Features
40Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,260-59%2-3$630$24,2418International Film Circuit
41The Act of Killing$1,058-80%2-3$529$457,94823Drafthouse Films
42Austenland$877-69%5-7$175$2,151,20219Sony Pictures Classics
43When Comedy Went to School$602252%1-1$602$232,01521International Film Circuit
44Here Comes the Devil$444-43%1-1$444$1,9322Magnolia / Magnet
45Terms and Conditions May Apply$410--1--$410$55,59424Variance Films
46Inequality for All$352-87%2-9$176$1,190,95013RADiUS-TWC
47The Last Days on Mars$302-96%1-12$302$21,6073Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$116-48%40$29$23,112,144142Warner Bros. / IMAX