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, Jun. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$18,006,143-24%4,164--$4,324$66,323,5941Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,767,643-26%3,920-343$1,471$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$4,391,308-22%3,108--$1,413$16,306,9741Fox
4Prometheus$3,043,952-23%2,862-580$1,064$108,452,3503Fox
5That's My Boy$2,320,733-19%3,0300$766$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$2,320,605-29%2,919-782$795$137,128,3504Universal
7Rock of Ages$2,014,348-35%3,4700$581$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marvel's The Avengers$1,923,466-37%2,230-352$863$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$1,639,168-30%2,462-673$666$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,046,859-30%1,625--$644$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$996,727-28%395217$2,523$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$476,634-32%741-443$643$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$184,755-28%414-179$446$402,964,54014Lionsgate
4Battleship$152,145-29%483-459$315$63,190,1056Universal
5Safety Not Guaranteed$139,798-29%12982$1,084$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
6The Dictator$108,989-28%316-803$345$58,705,0526Paramount
7For Greater Glory$103,11522%160-220$644$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$93,144-38%411-805$227$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Think Like a Man$74,088-31%23830$311$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
10Dark Shadows$69,768-36%302-378$231$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
11Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$58,500-28%234-43$250$212,901,27517Universal
1221 Jump Street$47,320-14%160-60$296$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
13Chernobyl Diaries$43,857-14%240-15$183$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
14The Cabin in the Woods$43,569-18%196-28$222$41,777,29211Lionsgate
15Mirror Mirror$41,511-34%222-56$187$64,248,38513Relativity Media
16The Three Stooges$35,084-21%154-47$228$43,656,89011Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$32,752-31%202-148$162$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
18The Raven$21,011-19%133104$158$15,915,9439Relativity Media
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$18,179-32%115-34$158$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$104,970-31%74-3$1,419$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$58,692-19%521$1,129$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,356-26%85-23$204$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,100-17%330$488$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$14,460-22%50-2$289$203,0943Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$14,425-22%70-35$206$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$12,620-7%16-141$789$266,1472Indomina Media
8Rowdy Rathore$5,38632%9-23$598$770,4464UTV Communications
9Crooked Arrows$3,0471%25-72$122$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films