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 Tue, Aug. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$4,344,20013%3,745--$1,160$46,344,3801Universal
2The Campaign$3,436,1969%3,205--$1,072$33,165,7381Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$2,674,36014%3,690-552$725$394,606,5794Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$2,092,72333%2,361--$886$22,767,5221Sony / Columbia
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,505,75535%3,40110$443$32,975,6882Fox
6Total Recall (2012)$1,307,90929%3,6010$363$46,421,5412Sony / Columbia
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,131,76138%3,103-439$365$145,645,2515Fox
8Ted (2012)$496,80022%2,208-559$225$210,753,8657Universal
9Step Up Revolution$493,14933%1,898-708$260$31,119,1323Lionsgate / Summit
10The Amazing Spider-Man$397,73234%1,585-840$251$256,159,2536Sony / Columbia
11The Watch$368,74620%2,463-705$150$32,071,5713Fox
12Brave$336,66931%1,259-851$267$227,838,7718Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$162,308-7%800--$203$2,502,6551ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$102,19113%286-32$357$7,352,9227Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$100,57010%447-240$225$42,266,78212Focus
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$98,49452%306-198$322$211,849,32210Paramount / DreamWorks
5Magic Mike$84,00434%450-752$187$112,385,4437Warner Bros.
6Ruby Sparks$76,24426%261197$292$1,377,1893Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$61,71433%1940$318$9,406,84012Weinstein Company
8The Hunger Games$51,29310%260-31$197$407,392,20021Lionsgate
9Savages$46,11021%318-386$145$46,892,3906Universal
10Snow White and the Huntsman$40,95015%273-36$150$154,375,50011Universal
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$31,40416%202-75$155$25,132,7986Paramount
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,62335%184-46$166$45,428,57615Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$29,75014%364-373$82$64,798,3327Lionsgate
14Prometheus$19,71514%141-57$140$126,085,30610Fox
15Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$15,16713%130-35$117$37,208,0258Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,14831%520$1,118$7,398,90917Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,25722%330$523$20,521,19871Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$8,549-4%73-48$117$3,620,52510FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,9278%45-87$87$79,719,24214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,50121%71$357$147,8225Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,223-7%57-88$39$38,513,9599Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$1,16621%12-2$97$289,84211GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$64518%10-24$65$5,670,27311ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$38419%456$9$64,934,37820Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$42200%2-48$21$38,8982Roadside Attractions