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, Aug. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,857,355-60%3,745--$1,030$42,000,1801Universal
2The Campaign$3,141,082-54%3,205--$980$29,729,5421Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,344,003-58%3,690-552$635$391,932,2194Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$1,571,621-59%2,361--$666$20,674,7991Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,113,759-45%3,40110$327$31,469,9332Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,012,200-57%3,6010$281$45,113,6322Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$818,509-53%3,103-439$264$144,513,4905Fox
8Ted (2012)$408,480-53%2,208-559$185$210,257,0657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$369,403-55%1,898-708$195$30,625,9833Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$306,746-52%2,463-705$125$31,702,8253Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$296,844-51%1,585-840$187$255,761,5216Sony / Columbia
12Brave$256,571-52%1,259-851$204$227,502,1028Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$174,188-51%800--$218$2,340,3471ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$91,420-47%447-240$205$42,166,21212Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$90,575-56%286-32$317$7,250,7317Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$64,629-44%306-198$211$211,750,82810Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$62,490-41%450-752$139$112,301,4397Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$60,345-52%261197$231$1,300,9453Fox Searchlight
7The Hunger Games$46,615-49%260-31$179$407,340,90721Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$46,286-55%1940$239$9,345,12612Weinstein Company
9Savages$38,155-49%318-386$120$46,846,2806Universal
10Snow White and the Huntsman$35,490-54%273-36$130$154,334,55011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$27,087-36%202-75$134$25,101,3946Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$26,087-61%364-373$72$64,768,5827Lionsgate
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$22,617-52%184-46$123$45,397,95315Fox Searchlight
14Prometheus$17,322-48%141-57$123$126,065,59110Fox
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$13,405-50%130-35$103$37,192,8588Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$44,426-17%520$854$7,340,76117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,202-7%330$430$20,503,94171Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,951-48%73-48$123$3,611,97610FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,637-54%45-87$81$79,715,31514Warner Bros.
5Rock of Ages$2,394-45%57-88$42$38,511,7369Warner Bros. / New Line
6Easy Money (2012)$2,064-64%71$295$145,3215Weinstein Company
7A Cat In Paris$966-56%12-2$81$288,67611GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$547-63%10-24$55$5,669,62811ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$324-19%456$7$64,933,99420Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$14-93%2-48$7$38,8562Roadside Attractions