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, Sep. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$6,327,2004%2,816--$2,247$12,405,8601Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,480,55026%2,888--$1,205$8,389,2681Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,342,27351%3,334-21$1,002$62,911,3343Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,661,35049%3,131-523$850$93,444,4604Universal
5ParaNorman$2,536,55676%3,085-370$822$35,456,6263Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,426,59572%2,63537$921$33,710,7933Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$2,247,57559%2,187-419$1,028$428,977,0177Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$2,030,69146%2,941-361$690$70,995,3094Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,774,83951%2,44139$727$50,306,9844Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,449,22843%2,2550$643$10,820,2982Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$925,01340%2,8700$322$9,055,8432Open Road
12Sparkle (2012)$718,60059%1,257-987$572$21,097,3773Sony / TriStar
13Marvel's The Avengers$688,18480%1,705--$404$618,921,19318Disney
14Brave$550,53099%1,7081256$322$231,201,54311Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$548,13283%1,204-761$455$44,615,1535Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$506,35285%1,036-514$489$155,113,5608Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,14633%2,160--$77$516,4941Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$351,34263%50183$701$259,166,7959Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$319,62047%756-820$423$56,405,9735Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$288,91547%561-222$515$215,650,17010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$249,90888%505131$495$214,292,54613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$233,03431%8100$288$4,029,1442Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$201,20862%26755$754$9,415,50010Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$152,59289%175-19$872$10,870,21815Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$126,72158%197-135$643$44,070,11415Focus
9Step Up Revolution$118,47577%236-192$502$34,067,5966Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$85,45667%195-55$438$33,670,9626Fox
11Men in Black 3$74,29583%186-46$399$178,719,08415Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$73,95374%17973$413$65,186,76410Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,72926%268-87$212$113,334,70610Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$42,18569%143-51$295$155,044,60514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,59268%105-7$377$45,891,14418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$24,97790%145-44$172$407,961,44424Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$56,85063%520$1,093$8,165,26720Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$48,64111%23--$2,115$92,3111Focus
3Joker$37,12126%74--$502$66,5611UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$35,39863%78-57$454$2,237,1926Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,25531%652$496$573,9473Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,640151%49-26$380$37,445,45311Fox
7Mugamoodi$18,2741%21--$870$37,5421UTV Communications
8Prometheus$17,75248%55-36$323$126,360,29113Fox
9Born to Be Wild 3D$17,43230%330$528$20,748,45574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Little White Lies$17,01759%129$1,418$65,0452MPI Media
11Savages$16,40048%82-35$200$47,275,9809Universal
12Safety Not Guaranteed$14,79774%48-6$308$3,803,67313FilmDistrict
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$6,15666%31-99$199$3,335,5584ARC Entertainment
14The Day$4,56677%12--$381$9,8691Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,406140%3-3$802$307,82914GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$86836%2-3$434$186,2068Weinstein Company