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 Wed, Jul. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,105,534-25%3,881--$1,316$63,802,9961Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$4,021,753-26%4,3180$931$214,314,7842Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,658,885-20%3,30347$805$168,173,7753Universal
4Brave$1,629,097-19%3,392-499$480$200,705,3604Disney
5Magic Mike$1,463,152-15%3,090-30$474$96,325,8313Warner Bros.
6Savages$1,080,350-23%2,6357$410$35,812,9952Universal
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$686,809-18%2,7322$251$20,841,8622Paramount
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$588,356-20%2,285-576$257$205,729,9866Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$569,483-20%2,004-157$284$57,505,5433Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$437,232-18%92440$473$33,886,2288Focus
2Shut Up and Play the Hits$345,000--160--$2,156$345,0000Oscilloscope
3Marvel's The Avengers$194,838-12%747-378$261$614,265,45311Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$128,630-15%677-475$190$152,046,8207Universal
5Prometheus$124,533-17%559-546$223$124,708,0606Fox
6People Like Us$111,614-19%961-1094$116$11,539,4863Disney / DreamWorks
7Men in Black 3$99,978-21%497-382$201$175,121,4258Sony / Columbia
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$97,056-22%342-17$284$43,345,93211Fox Searchlight
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$95,561-13%655-1002$146$36,222,7384Fox
10The Hunger Games$45,630-5%212-16$215$405,000,34317Lionsgate
11Safety Not Guaranteed$40,304-16%18273$221$2,750,0896FilmDistrict
12Dark Shadows$35,809-6%239-64$150$77,376,45110Warner Bros.
13Battleship$34,200-6%228-21$150$64,838,6909Universal
14Rock of Ages$32,144-10%255-446$126$37,656,4465Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$29,400-13%168-7$175$213,830,74020Universal
16What to Expect When You're Expecting$27,903-9%221-15$126$40,814,2689Lionsgate
17The Dictator$16,769-4%161-25$104$59,554,2599Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$102,564-12%8162$1,266$2,002,9623Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$71,423-3%520$1,374$5,717,20113Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$47,315-5%8323$570$3,718,2248Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,2899%330$524$20,003,29467Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$16,17431%72-4$225$44,093,33614Fox
6For Greater Glory$11,2970%423$269$5,525,8657ARC Entertainment
7Mirror Mirror$10,517-12%91-28$116$64,788,67016Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$3,509-6%41-31$86$60,453,34913Warner Bros.
9The Obama Effect$2,886-15%25--$115$94,4471ARC Entertainment
10Easy Money (2012)$2,282-8%21$1,141$35,0321Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,240-5%18--$124$215,7597GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,457-14%23-15$63$18,117,8198Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$365-41%9-2$41$1,831,5649Branded/Peck Films