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 Sun, Sep. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$5,326,620-16%2,816--$1,892$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$3,755,1618%2,888--$1,300$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$3,477,9524%3,334-21$1,043$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$2,786,5905%3,131-523$890$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$2,595,3802%3,085-370$841$38,052,0063Focus
6The Dark Knight Rises$2,453,2689%2,187-419$1,122$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,443,2191%2,63537$927$36,154,0123Disney
8The Campaign$2,289,58913%2,941-361$779$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$1,746,620-2%2,44139$716$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
10Premium Rush$1,506,2114%2,2550$668$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
11Hit and Run$1,000,0038%2,8700$348$10,055,8462Open Road
12Marvel's The Avengers$839,40122%1,705--$492$619,760,59418Disney
13Sparkle (2012)$609,244-15%1,257-987$485$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
14Brave$599,6369%1,7081256$351$231,801,17911Disney
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$571,1734%1,204-761$474$45,186,3265Fox
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$521,8823%1,036-514$504$155,635,4428Fox
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$152,995-8%2,160--$71$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$358,0382%50183$715$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$332,1784%756-820$439$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$325,38013%561-222$580$215,975,55010Universal
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$247,112-1%505131$489$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Apparition$221,977-5%8100$274$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$202,6061%26755$759$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$146,415-4%175-19$837$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
8Moonrise Kingdom$135,3247%197-135$687$44,205,43815Focus
9Step Up Revolution$103,312-13%236-192$438$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$91,4447%195-55$469$33,762,4066Fox
11Men in Black 3$73,686-1%186-46$396$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$67,419-9%17973$377$65,254,18310Lionsgate
13Magic Mike$56,224-1%268-87$210$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$37,180-12%143-51$260$155,081,78514Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$36,220-9%105-7$345$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
16The Hunger Games$20,208-19%145-44$139$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,38817%520$1,277$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2For A Good Time, Call...$51,6246%23--$2,245$143,9351Focus
3Joker$39,3046%74--$531$105,8651UTV Communications
4Ruby Sparks$32,495-8%78-57$417$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
5Cosmopolis$32,1900%652$495$606,1373Entertainment One Films
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$19,9997%49-26$408$37,465,45211Fox
7Mugamoodi$19,0614%21--$908$56,6031UTV Communications
8Savages$18,86015%82-35$230$47,294,8409Universal
9Born to Be Wild 3D$18,0604%330$547$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Safety Not Guaranteed$16,41011%48-6$342$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
11Prometheus$16,069-9%55-36$292$126,376,36013Fox
12Little White Lies$15,291-10%129$1,274$80,3362MPI Media
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$5,285-14%31-99$170$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
14The Day$2,975-35%12--$248$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
15A Cat In Paris$2,226-7%3-3$742$310,05514GKIDS
16Easy Money (2012)$8700%2-3$435$187,0768Weinstein Company