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 Sat, Aug. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$10,210,399-3%3,316--$3,079$20,704,5441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$7,074,40533%3,7538$1,885$64,945,9802Universal
3ParaNorman$5,432,48318%3,429--$1,584$10,031,3161Focus
4The Campaign$5,259,82427%3,25550$1,616$47,714,5232Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$4,568,00646%3,157-533$1,447$406,466,0535Warner Bros.
6Sparkle (2012)$4,302,044-5%2,244--$1,917$8,823,2091Sony / TriStar
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$4,290,84626%2,598--$1,652$11,964,5421Disney
8Hope Springs (2012)$3,869,51540%2,3610$1,639$32,582,0702Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,595,27236%2,737-664$583$37,676,3183Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$1,431,00235%2,434-1167$588$50,775,0083Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,255,08149%2,274-829$552$149,285,0566Fox
12Ted (2012)$678,02040%1,169-1039$580$212,684,4608Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up Revolution$431,75237%905-993$477$32,484,1864Lionsgate / Summit
2Ek Tha Tiger$419,50440%118--$3,555$1,064,4151Yash Raj Films
3Brave$337,70550%641-618$527$228,867,9229Disney
4The Amazing Spider-Man$314,57637%598-987$526$257,220,5887Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$290,49842%406100$716$212,471,97411Paramount / DreamWorks
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$246,11361%236-50$1,043$7,946,8638Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$216,81332%513-1950$423$32,941,7744Fox
8Moonrise Kingdom$212,92351%282-165$755$42,816,99213Focus
9The Intouchables$167,05883%1940$861$9,776,89713Weinstein Company
10Ruby Sparks$133,36961%218-43$612$1,711,4684Fox Searchlight
11Men in Black 3$125,80542%258-37$488$178,038,71713Sony / Columbia
12Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$123,65532%424-376$292$2,982,6062ARC Entertainment
13Snow White and the Huntsman$87,84031%244-29$360$154,606,98012Universal
14The Hunger Games$84,03126%230-30$365$407,633,79822Lionsgate
15Magic Mike$81,74421%255-195$321$112,669,8238Warner Bros.
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$53,37356%199-165$268$64,933,4288Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$45,26644%128-56$354$45,560,70616Fox Searchlight
18Savages$41,58038%154-164$270$47,024,8257Universal
19Prometheus$30,90735%101-40$306$126,173,14811Fox
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$30,82052%105-25$294$37,284,8749Fox
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$23,66523%140-62$169$25,221,2357Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$60,11213%520$1,156$7,611,09518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$25,683-2%3--$8,561$248,3541Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,19322%330$551$20,566,85572Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$17,37948%54-19$322$3,671,69311FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$5,46955%5-2$1,094$161,5896Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$1,21834%7-5$174$293,30412GKIDS