Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Aug. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$6,080,641-25%2,690156$2,260$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,762,849-29%3,471-220$1,372$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,199,874-28%3,295--$971$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,785,500-22%3,015--$924$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$2,405,310-24%3,057-370$787$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$2,104,785-33%3,1550$667$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,067,043-30%3,114--$664$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$1,960,985-20%2,8880$679$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,547,587-13%1,738-676$890$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,351,932-31%1,940-695$697$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11One Day$1,337,624-29%1,721--$777$5,079,5661Focus
12Cowboys & Aliens$1,228,215-31%2,213-1097$555$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,200,911-30%1,988-847$604$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$783,980-33%1,633-1280$480$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$541,362-20%1,982-58$273$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$350,406-35%755-583$464$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$239,720-29%201100$1,193$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$179,405-30%484-402$371$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$146,521-33%413-881$355$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$98,497-44%370-378$266$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$94,398-34%2420$390$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$83,289-35%274-20$304$66,626,80610Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$80,725-33%237-15$341$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$79,300-32%244-41$325$167,661,31015Universal
10The Hangover Part II$36,277-35%193-39$188$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$35,826-34%146-37$245$145,939,79512Fox
12Bad Teacher$21,554-54%100-49$216$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$18,528-38%107-17$173$22,813,4718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$74,1462%490$1,513$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$50,333-16%83-6$606$1,000,5934Lionsgate
3Another Earth$45,778-23%875$526$936,4005Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$38,121-24%96-22$397$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$28,576-33%86-22$332$125,691,63011Paramount
6Attack the Block$27,555-14%444$626$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$19,935-18%3111$643$333,9974Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$17,415-28%69-34$252$5,640,33612Focus
9Rio (2011)$11,938-30%68-31$176$143,558,18119Fox
10Thor$8,068-39%54-27$149$181,015,14116Paramount
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,357-6%37-67$199$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
12A Better Life$6,783-27%6514$104$1,732,3059Summit
13Project Nim$4,309-5%12-6$359$334,4527Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$1,924-12%2--$962$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,009-49%9-4$112$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$745-31%41$186$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$572157%30$191$238,17049Collective Eye
18The Conspirator$360-42%42$90$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$131-64%1--$131$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio