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 Wed, Oct. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,445,137-6%2,855-392$506$64,333,8813Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,91252%3,4120$304$44,700,4462Paramount
3Sinister$832,70067%2,347-195$355$41,116,9833Lionsgate / Summit
4Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$830,06620%2,933--$283$10,065,1451Open Road
5Hotel Transylvania$825,6384%3,276-108$252$132,458,9915Sony / Columbia
6Cloud Atlas$812,115-21%2,008--$404$12,168,0421Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$687,870-5%2,995-494$230$118,990,7524Fox
8Alex Cross$442,206-7%2,5412$174$20,700,4382Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$430,336-13%2,491-523$173$31,531,8453Sony / Columbia
10Fun Size$286,805-5%3,014--$95$4,891,8661Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$279,860-24%1,999-661$140$52,179,8185Universal
12Frankenweenie$251,46320%1,738-624$145$32,397,3454Disney
13Looper$233,671-15%1,189-1034$197$62,199,3365Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$206,406-19%2,002--$103$2,906,9251Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$177,098-12%1,003-477$177$12,467,1153CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$127,114-17%736-9$173$11,630,8136Lionsgate / Summit
2Trouble with the Curve$40,66726%420-505$97$34,753,3786Warner Bros.
3The Master$38,32324%201-211$191$15,296,3177Weinstein Company
4End of Watch$33,123-1%290-461$114$38,655,1316Open Road
5Arbitrage$25,05041%125-44$200$7,395,1397Roadside Attractions
6The Dark Knight Rises$24,981-6%291-54$86$447,233,92915Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$18,74742%302-444$62$31,096,9186Relativity Media
8ParaNorman$16,271-19%280112$58$54,985,60611Focus
9The Bourne Legacy$16,2356%191-41$85$113,044,81512Universal
10The Campaign$12,435-21%222148$56$86,624,04512Warner Bros.
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$11,933-4%147-798$81$3,239,4253Atlas Distribution
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,01018%192-30$57$160,283,79816Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,507-21%17886$59$84,740,50511Lionsgate
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,581-8%116-33$31$48,669,90213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$27,305-6%2016$1,365$443,4222Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,9459%520$230$9,441,37228Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,71225%300$224$21,166,82682Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,89214%48-12$123$12,899,61923Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,096-32%96-88$32$37,348,9839Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$2,716-24%72-88$38$13,411,1616Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,47747%82-51$30$48,885,5819Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$2,0591%65-103$32$5,270,4065Fox
9War of the Buttons (2012)$1,14649%8-27$143$41,1193Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$1,121-3%15-14$75$45,511,13123Focus
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$41537%4--$104$57,4484Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$15475%10$154$11,3783The Film Collaborative