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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jun. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$23,682,115-4%4,164--$5,687$48,317,4511Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,763,29626%3,920-343$1,980$151,318,3943Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,664,324-9%3,108--$1,822$11,915,6661Fox
4Prometheus$3,961,41137%2,862-580$1,384$105,408,3983Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$3,269,28031%2,919-782$1,120$134,807,7454Universal
6Rock of Ages$3,121,92924%3,4700$900$26,404,2732Warner Bros. / New Line
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,041,78937%2,230-352$1,364$596,501,9768Disney
8That's My Boy$2,850,16816%3,0300$941$25,590,0612Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black 3$2,341,33634%2,462-673$951$161,826,5395Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,498,41717%1,625--$922$2,775,9441Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,391,15738%395217$3,522$10,617,1015Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$697,80854%741-443$942$37,907,3298Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$255,61439%414-179$617$402,779,78514Lionsgate
4Battleship$214,93541%483-459$445$63,037,9606Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$198,28347%12982$1,537$934,7353FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$151,60426%316-803$480$58,596,0636Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$150,30224%411-805$366$39,704,8036Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$108,62432%302-378$360$75,683,3397Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man$107,10140%23830$450$90,967,54110Sony / Screen Gems
10For Greater Glory$84,44645%160-220$528$4,978,8784ARC Entertainment
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$80,73521%234-43$345$212,842,77517Universal
12Mirror Mirror$62,76722%222-56$283$64,206,87413Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$55,18620%160-60$345$138,216,99515Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$52,83425%196-28$270$41,733,72311Lionsgate
15Chernobyl Diaries$51,01119%240-15$213$17,841,5755Warner Bros.
16The Lucky One (2012)$47,62116%202-148$236$60,121,48610Warner Bros.
17The Three Stooges$44,46229%154-47$289$43,621,80611Fox
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$26,58535%115-34$231$29,244,5189Sony / Columbia
19The Raven$25,91827%133104$195$15,894,9329Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$152,82372%74-3$2,065$1,988,5465Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$72,4682%521$1,394$4,004,94910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,49521%85-23$276$103,794,88520Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,47711%330$590$19,580,49364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wrath of the Titans$18,55148%70-35$265$83,626,00113Warner Bros.
6Lola Versus$18,43037%50-2$369$188,6343Fox Searchlight
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$13,53825%16-141$846$253,5272Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$4,06664%9-23$452$765,0604UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0300%25-72$121$1,784,7626Branded/Peck Films