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 Wed, Aug. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$3,164,525-27%3,745--$845$49,508,9051Universal
2The Campaign$2,679,409-22%3,205--$836$35,845,1471Warner Bros.
3The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,303,636--2,551--$903$2,303,6360Disney
4The Dark Knight Rises$2,137,123-20%3,690-552$579$396,743,7024Warner Bros.
5Hope Springs (2012)$1,627,164-22%2,3610$689$24,394,6861Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,035,774-31%3,40110$305$34,011,4622Fox
7Total Recall (2012)$953,685-27%3,6010$265$47,375,2262Sony / Columbia
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$810,816-28%2,847-695$285$146,456,0675Fox
9Ted (2012)$388,555-22%1,943-642$200$211,142,4207Universal
10Step Up Revolution$334,287-32%1,898-708$176$31,453,4193Lionsgate / Summit
11The Amazing Spider-Man$262,987-34%1,395-821$189$256,422,2406Sony / Columbia
12The Watch$254,967-31%2,008-1160$127$32,326,5383Fox
13Brave$240,008-29%1,110-773$216$228,078,7798Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Tha Tiger$209,008--118--$1,771$209,0080Yash Raj Films
2Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$141,863-13%8000$177$2,644,5181ARC Entertainment
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$98,278-4%282-36$349$7,451,2007Fox Searchlight
4Moonrise Kingdom$96,066-4%447-240$215$42,362,84812Focus
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$68,078-31%306-198$222$211,917,40010Paramount / DreamWorks
6Magic Mike$67,235-20%450-752$149$112,452,6787Warner Bros.
7Ruby Sparks$59,552-22%252188$236$1,436,7413Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$56,743-8%1940$292$9,463,58312Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$44,602-13%260-31$172$407,436,80221Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$38,220-7%270-39$142$154,413,72011Universal
11Savages$31,050-33%318-246$98$46,923,4406Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$28,564-7%167-63$171$45,457,14015Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$24,286-18%364-373$67$64,822,6187Lionsgate
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$23,374-26%202-75$116$25,156,1726Paramount
15Prometheus$16,688-15%141-57$118$126,101,99410Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$12,645-17%130-35$97$37,220,6708Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$52,672-9%520$1,013$7,451,58117Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,6852%330$536$20,538,88371Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$10,66325%73-48$146$3,631,18810FilmDistrict
4Dark Shadows$3,670-7%45-87$82$79,722,91214Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$2,097-16%71$300$149,9195Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$2,034-9%57-88$36$38,515,9939Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$718-38%12-2$60$290,56011GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$611-5%10-24$61$5,670,88411ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$356-7%456$8$64,934,73420Relativity Media