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 Thu, Nov. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,061,93913%3,752--$550$60,634,6091Disney
2Flight$1,837,5395%1,884--$975$32,670,2991Paramount
3Argo$792,4517%2,774-81$286$78,965,9584Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$458,590-6%1,868--$245$10,228,3251Universal
5Cloud Atlas$402,304-4%2,0135$200$20,186,7062Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$388,7557%2,639-356$147$127,287,1715Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$274,4647%2,9330$94$15,083,2692Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$239,93011%3,006-406$80$50,620,5793Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$214,91016%2,314-177$93$36,511,0954Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$202,03522%1,502-497$135$56,526,6436Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$200,88321%2,922-354$69$138,553,9826Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$179,10413%1,882-465$95$45,054,2384Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$137,9789%1,648-893$84$23,691,0693Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$107,76523%3,0162$36$8,043,1132Paramount
15Chasing Mavericks$105,71111%2,03028$52$4,805,2622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$2,200,000--463--$4,752$2,200,0000Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$110,68231%622-114$178$13,481,8467Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$101,890-1%696-493$146$64,087,2336Sony / TriStar
4Seven Psychopaths$68,9036%459-544$150$13,693,6574CBS Films
5Frankenweenie$43,6136%857-881$51$33,554,6005Disney
6The Master$22,05316%138-63$160$15,585,0588Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$19,056-18%2910$65$447,614,51116Warner Bros.
8Trouble with the Curve$17,9796%286-134$63$35,036,2507Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$16,7598%158-132$106$38,917,8647Open Road
10Arbitrage$14,83836%118-7$126$7,584,8958Roadside Attractions
11ParaNorman$13,33912%246-34$54$55,295,31712Focus
12The Campaign$9,9607%188-34$53$86,785,16413Warner Bros.
13The Bourne Legacy$9,8708%153-38$65$113,203,87013Universal
14The Expendables 2$8,992-2%173-5$52$84,892,87412Lionsgate
15The Possession$7,6236%15573$49$49,013,23910Lionsgate
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,48323%157-35$48$160,453,32517Fox
17House at the End of the Street$4,089-1%128-174$32$31,200,2847Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$45,2119%6949$655$1,109,6723Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$19,74097%520$380$9,584,63929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$10,60068%9--$1,178$110,3221Entertainment One / RKO
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,38117%70-77$63$3,300,9574Atlas Distribution
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$3,972-10%60--$66$115,2621UTV Communications
6The Intouchables$3,75730%28-20$134$12,950,24524Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,739-49%300$91$21,224,33983Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,64511%95-21$28$48,752,51314Fox
9The Bay$2,52717%23--$110$29,3711Roadside Attractions
10This Must Be the Place$1,72644%2--$863$13,3571Weinstein Company
11Lawless$1,71217%35-61$49$37,371,67810Weinstein Company
12Won't Back Down$1,53721%41-24$37$5,291,5936Fox
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$681138%40$170$71,4735Roadside Attractions
14War of the Buttons (2012)$49828%6-2$83$47,7714Weinstein Company
15Vamps$759%1--$75$7711Anchor Bay Films