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 Fri, Aug. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$6,078,660--2,816--$2,159$6,078,6601Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,766,271175%2,888--$958$4,908,7181Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,210,156110%3,334-21$663$59,569,0613Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$1,784,670143%3,131-523$570$90,783,1104Universal
5ParaNorman$1,440,884127%3,085-370$467$32,920,0703Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$1,415,492112%2,187-419$647$426,729,4427Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,406,840151%2,63537$534$31,284,1983Disney
8The Campaign$1,389,954120%2,941-361$473$68,964,6184Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,175,638106%2,44139$482$48,532,1454Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,015,873127%2,2550$450$9,371,0702Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$661,440100%2,8700$230$8,130,8302Open Road
12Sparkle (2012)$451,93274%1,257-987$360$20,378,7773Sony / TriStar
13Marvel's The Avengers$383,116--1,705--$225$618,233,00918Disney
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$299,43398%1,204-761$249$44,067,0215Fox
15Brave$276,836366%1,7081256$162$230,651,01311Disney
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$274,39490%1,036-514$265$154,607,2088Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$124,7601%2,160--$58$350,3481Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Total Recall (2012)$216,72858%756-820$287$56,086,3535Sony / Columbia
2The Amazing Spider-Man$215,396321%50183$430$258,815,4539Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$196,350140%561-222$350$215,361,25510Universal
4The Apparition$177,25115%8100$219$3,796,1102Warner Bros.
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$133,189164%505131$264$214,042,63813Paramount / DreamWorks
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,353112%26755$466$9,214,29210Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$80,81978%175-19$462$10,717,62615Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$80,32567%197-135$408$43,943,39315Focus
9Step Up Revolution$66,799109%236-192$283$33,949,1216Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$51,306220%195-55$263$33,585,5066Fox
11Magic Mike$45,11324%268-87$168$113,277,97710Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$42,4131053%17973$237$65,112,81110Lionsgate
13Men in Black 3$40,591--186-46$218$178,644,78915Sony / Columbia
14Snow White and the Huntsman$25,02572%143-51$175$155,002,42014Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$23,55624%105-7$224$45,851,55218Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$13,15836%145-44$91$407,936,46724Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$43,670--23--$1,899$43,6701Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$34,85133%520$670$8,108,41720Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joker$29,440--74--$398$29,4401UTV Communications
4Cosmopolis$24,60463%652$379$541,6923Entertainment One Films
5Ruby Sparks$21,70428%78-57$278$2,201,7946Fox Searchlight
6Mugamoodi$18,166--21--$865$19,2681UTV Communications
7Born to Be Wild 3D$13,37934%330$405$20,731,02374Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Prometheus$12,02641%55-36$219$126,342,53913Fox
9Savages$11,075-5%82-35$135$47,259,5809Universal
10Little White Lies$10,729--129$894$48,0282MPI Media
11Safety Not Guaranteed$8,48621%48-6$177$3,788,87613FilmDistrict
12Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,41329%49-26$151$37,426,81311Fox
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$3,713-33%31-99$120$3,329,4024ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,58097%12--$215$5,3031Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$1,004204%3-3$335$305,42314GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$637-42%2-3$319$185,3388Weinstein Company