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. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$13,770,092-22%4,404--$3,127$211,808,9881Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,815,055-25%3,8865$724$98,316,3722Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,474,171-28%3,753-565$393$233,672,4363Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,318,505-22%3,214-89$410$184,867,5104Universal
5Brave$930,084-25%2,899-493$321$211,915,8615Disney
6Magic Mike$743,323-14%2,606-484$285$104,244,3964Warner Bros.
7Savages$468,330-24%2,336-299$200$41,644,2353Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$266,690-15%1,540-464$173$61,145,3014Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$224,229-25%1,261-1024$178$208,372,0727Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$221,002-17%1,123-1609$197$23,335,2433Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$259,437-15%895-29$290$36,914,8659Focus
2Dark Shadows$116,630-11%412173$283$78,972,74111Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$100,323-14%12948$778$3,176,6714Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$93,538-24%495-252$189$615,373,69412Disney
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$68,117-13%288-54$237$44,062,76312Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$63,195-16%409-268$155$152,795,6608Universal
7Prometheus$46,925-17%312-247$150$125,265,4807Fox
8Rock of Ages$40,9951%32267$127$38,086,5716Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Hunger Games$33,228-8%190-22$175$405,328,66518Lionsgate
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$33,083-10%266-389$124$36,585,8045Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$22,849-5%124-58$184$3,008,9047FilmDistrict
12Battleship$19,695-12%172-56$115$65,057,15010Universal
13What to Expect When You're Expecting$19,239-9%192-29$100$41,012,78310Lionsgate
14Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$19,205-21%167-1$115$214,007,95521Universal
15The Dictator$7,836-9%105-56$75$59,641,58910Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,966-1%520$1,230$6,150,49314Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$46,945-7%918$516$7,207,7959Weinstein Company
3Ruby Sparks$19,557--13--$1,504$19,5570Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$18,8299%330$571$20,131,39768Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$9,861-18%53-19$186$44,187,20815Fox
6Mirror Mirror$5,636-18%59-32$96$64,846,93817Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$3,427-4%33-9$104$5,568,0288ARC Entertainment
8Easy Money (2012)$2,102-28%20$1,051$59,6062Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$1,437-22%180$80$235,8478GKIDS
10The Imposter$1,36711%1--$1,367$45,6752Indomina Releasing