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 Thu, Aug. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,036,110-6%3,316--$614$38,813,9441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,407,375-3%3,7538$375$76,186,2152Universal
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,171,137-2%3,157-533$371$415,032,9015Warner Bros.
4The Campaign$1,168,423-7%3,25550$359$57,103,1722Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$1,134,456-5%3,429--$331$19,622,2891Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,005,380-5%2,59847$387$19,954,4901Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$926,992-2%2,3610$393$39,081,4642Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$588,145-5%2,244--$262$14,673,0741Sony / TriStar
9Hit and Run$568,023-9%2,698--$211$1,193,0340Open Road
10Total Recall (2012)$372,0621%2,151-1450$173$53,413,3373Sony / Columbia
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$370,130-8%2,308-1093$160$40,637,6003Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$330,098-3%1,930-917$171$151,748,7756Fox
13Ted (2012)$168,0050%1,018-925$165$213,815,3758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$101,133-5%576-534$176$229,572,2669Disney
2Step Up Revolution$94,5239%905-993$104$33,209,4134Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$94,273-3%542-853$174$257,863,9377Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$88,691-3%406100$218$213,083,26111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$77,050-2%282-165$273$43,269,76813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$72,1091%230-52$314$8,396,5938Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$53,0181%1940$273$10,095,19713Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$34,6558%194-58$179$1,941,8464Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$34,1377%395-1613$86$33,234,6774Fox
10Magic Mike$32,3606%255-195$127$112,858,1028Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,505-1%298-502$92$3,221,5902ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,505-4%244-26$100$154,762,03012Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,3761%230-30$84$407,769,16022Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,6622%120-47$147$45,661,02416Fox Searchlight
15Savages$13,090-11%154-164$85$47,118,0457Universal
16Prometheus$11,3563%101-40$112$126,239,79511Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,7372%140-62$70$25,281,6717Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,5206%105-25$91$37,344,3989Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,9443%199-165$40$64,994,5428Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,325-1%520$775$7,820,10518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,2073%330$370$20,628,66672Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$6,96216%54-19$129$3,706,92811FilmDistrict
4Cosmopolis$6,4235%3--$2,141$293,8201Entertainment One Films
5Easy Money (2012)$1,5348%5-2$307$171,7726Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$1,09537%7-5$156$297,68812GKIDS