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 Sat, Aug. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$5,597,07546%3,35539$1,668$48,247,9272Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$4,129,02052%3,654-99$1,130$83,037,4653Universal
3ParaNorman$3,703,85061%3,45526$1,072$25,622,2642Focus
4The Campaign$3,250,55846%3,30247$984$62,580,8743Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$3,144,56358%2,606-551$1,207$420,167,6986Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,073,74650%2,5980$1,183$25,074,7992Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$2,527,03448%2,40241$1,052$43,315,9303Sony / Columbia
8Premium Rush$2,430,68724%2,255--$1,078$4,395,4751Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$1,860,01331%2,870--$648$4,473,0481Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$1,774,95547%2,2440$791$17,651,4912Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$986,40361%1,965-772$502$42,237,1084Fox
12Total Recall (2012)$771,57446%1,576-858$490$54,711,9254Sony / Columbia
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$760,74468%1,550-724$491$152,961,0707Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$1,071,161-9%810--$1,322$2,248,0401Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$426,73545%783-386$545$214,535,7359Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$261,77856%374-32$700$213,512,87512Paramount / DreamWorks
4Brave$224,79468%452-189$497$229,930,66910Disney
5Step Up Revolution$219,54754%428-477$513$33,571,9415Lionsgate / Summit
6The Amazing Spider-Man$212,49345%418-180$508$258,222,6448Sony / Columbia
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$198,05967%212-24$934$8,713,5579Fox Searchlight
8Ek Tha Tiger$188,32451%1191$1,583$2,226,3412Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$177,48457%33250$535$43,560,55914Focus
10The Intouchables$167,40299%1940$863$10,346,73714Weinstein Company
11The Watch$108,34253%250-263$433$33,413,8465Fox
12Men in Black 3$105,80662%232-26$456$178,447,21914Sony / Columbia
13Magic Mike$93,14526%355100$262$113,025,3059Warner Bros.
14Ruby Sparks$74,98570%135-83$555$2,061,0185Fox Searchlight
15Snow White and the Huntsman$70,81055%194-50$365$154,878,43013Universal
16The Hunger Games$50,55354%189-41$267$407,852,63623Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,85657%112-16$356$45,726,26317Fox Searchlight
18Savages$33,35533%117-37$285$47,176,5558Universal
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$32,82252%130-294$252$3,275,9373ARC Entertainment
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$29,67070%106-93$280$65,041,6159Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cosmopolis$59,55814%6360$945$405,5492Entertainment One Films
2To the Arctic 3D$55,95539%520$1,076$7,916,35819Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Prometheus$25,33952%91-10$278$126,281,82112Fox
4Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$22,58953%75-30$301$37,381,72910Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$21,84856%540$405$3,742,77712FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$17,76014%330$538$20,662,00673Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$11,31140%66-74$171$25,301,0338Paramount
8Little White Lies$11,26465%3--$3,755$18,1081MPI Media
9Easy Money (2012)$4,13485%50$827$178,1407Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$1,737-17%6-1$290$301,52213GKIDS