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 Wed, Jun. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$6,834,139-23%4,164--$1,641$91,032,6791Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$2,422,849-24%3,920-343$618$165,775,1503Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,484,552-27%3,108--$478$21,721,2321Fox
4Prometheus$1,112,457-20%2,862-580$389$112,296,4983Fox
5That's My Boy$950,215-27%3,0300$314$31,397,6182Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$905,050-22%2,919-782$310$140,310,2204Universal
7Rock of Ages$868,350-22%3,4700$250$31,363,4312Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marvel's The Avengers$838,655-15%2,230-298$376$601,215,7358Disney
9Men in Black 3$744,476-19%2,462-673$302$165,998,2725Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$381,435-30%1,625--$235$5,211,4511Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$460,213-8%395217$1,165$13,064,3075Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,971-13%741-443$302$39,088,5038Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,775-9%414-179$236$403,266,71014Lionsgate
4Battleship$67,620-10%483-459$140$63,397,7956Universal
5The Dictator$53,309-27%316-803$169$58,894,7936Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$52,072-20%12982$404$1,253,1413FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$46,776-17%411-805$114$39,951,7476Lionsgate
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$42,095-10%234-43$180$213,021,74517Universal
9Mirror Mirror$31,979-1%222-56$144$64,338,85513Relativity Media
10For Greater Glory$30,354-7%160-220$190$5,176,3214ARC Entertainment
11Dark Shadows$29,644-21%302-378$98$75,854,7507Warner Bros.
12The Cabin in the Woods$22,019-3%196-28$112$41,845,15811Lionsgate
13The Lucky One (2012)$20,776-13%202-148$103$60,218,20510Warner Bros.
14Chernobyl Diaries$20,614-12%240-15$86$17,951,6055Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$20,5502%154-47$133$43,715,43511Fox
16The Raven$10,864-14%133104$82$15,950,4209Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,6113%521$1,262$4,258,00210Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,706-14%74-3$550$2,222,4065Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$27,175--4--$6,794$27,1750Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$14,2593%330$432$19,641,11864Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$11,157-19%85-23$131$103,847,30420Warner Bros. / New Line
6Wrath of the Titans$6,385-26%70-35$91$83,662,20513Warner Bros.
7Lola Versus$6,175-15%50-2$124$224,0193Fox Searchlight
8Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,553-11%16-141$285$280,5062Indomina Media
9Crooked Arrows$1,287-32%25-73$51$1,792,4106Branded/Peck Films