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 Mon, Jun. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$8,948,171-50%4,164--$2,149$75,271,7651Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,063,686-47%3,920-343$782$160,149,7233Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901,986-57%3,108--$612$18,208,9601Fox
4Prometheus$1,340,969-56%2,862-580$469$109,793,3193Fox
5That's My Boy$1,231,077-47%3,0300$406$29,141,8712Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,109,220-52%2,919-782$380$138,237,5704Universal
7Marvel's The Avengers$962,092-50%2,230-352$431$599,387,5348Disney
8Rock of Ages$958,219-52%3,4700$276$29,376,8402Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$867,472-47%2,462-673$352$164,333,1795Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$461,645-56%1,625--$284$4,284,4481Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$488,580-51%395217$1,237$12,102,4085Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,867-53%741-443$302$38,607,8308Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,158-47%414-179$235$403,061,69814Lionsgate
4Battleship$65,205-57%483-459$135$63,255,3106Universal
5The Dictator$63,067-42%316-803$200$58,768,1196Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$61,659-56%12982$478$1,136,1923FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$50,549-46%411-805$123$39,848,4966Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$34,538-50%302-378$114$75,787,6457Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,590-46%234-43$135$212,932,86517Universal
10For Greater Glory$31,268-70%160-220$195$5,113,2614ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$26,277-37%222-56$118$64,274,66213Relativity Media
12The Cabin in the Woods$23,149-47%196-28$118$41,800,44111Lionsgate
13Chernobyl Diaries$22,248-49%240-15$93$17,907,6805Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$19,341-41%202-148$96$60,173,57910Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$17,945-49%154-47$117$43,674,83511Fox
16The Raven$10,939-48%133104$82$15,926,8829Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,05611%521$1,251$4,128,69710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,683-61%74-3$550$2,134,1995Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,4202%330$498$19,613,01364Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$10,141-42%85-23$119$103,822,38220Warner Bros. / New Line
5Lola Versus$7,506-48%50-2$150$210,6003Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$6,724-53%70-35$96$83,647,15013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,714-63%16-141$295$270,8612Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,435-53%25-73$57$1,789,2446Branded/Peck Films