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, Aug. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,688,489-21%4,242-162$870$367,022,4933Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,265,292--2,361--$959$2,265,2920Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,263,587-29%3,601--$629$34,026,8911Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,720,108-25%3,391--$507$20,612,2191Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,205,025-19%3,542-327$340$136,029,7464Fox
6The Watch$816,866-25%3,1680$258$28,423,7042Fox
7Step Up Revolution$786,914-29%2,60639$302$26,547,4942Lionsgate / Summit
8Ted (2012)$685,025-21%2,585-544$265$205,952,8106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$580,285-24%2,216-944$262$252,768,5045Sony / Columbia
10Brave$468,501-14%1,883-668$249$224,944,6287Disney
11Magic Mike$192,324-30%1,202-873$160$111,618,2676Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$665,679--800--$832$665,6790ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$166,156-10%687-166$242$41,296,84211Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$132,491-13%318110$417$6,308,8966Fox Searchlight
4Savages$101,520-33%564-850$180$46,475,8455Universal
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,785-20%504-304$182$211,160,9319Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$70,390-25%737-374$96$64,391,4406Lionsgate
7The Hunger Games$67,749-3%291-19$233$406,900,77720Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$64,604-16%1940$333$8,859,35311Weinstein Company
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,350-12%309-46$150$153,978,27510Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$45,009-19%230-46$196$45,164,54814Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,221-35%277-329$102$24,903,7395Paramount
12Prometheus$25,980-17%198-31$131$125,911,0679Fox
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$17,791-10%165-32$108$37,070,7097Fox
14Safety Not Guaranteed$17,659-14%121-28$146$3,523,7899FilmDistrict
15Dark Shadows$13,439-23%132-90$102$79,675,43913Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$7,893-14%145-157$54$38,479,2728Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,4583%520$1,124$7,022,15616Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,730-25%6451$527$763,6042Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,8947%330$542$20,389,56570Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$14,0524%39-17$360$64,918,99019Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$2,650-9%61$442$122,1134Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$2,549-35%50--$51$35,1961Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,244-35%34-55$66$5,662,36610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$1,9897%142$142$279,66410GKIDS