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 Tue, Dec. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,855,0902%4,045--$1,942$100,210,6861Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$934,86516%2,285271$409$109,428,1006Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$884,75126%2,924-477$303$273,507,8186Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$850,97141%2,548-398$334$71,026,7584Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$737,17949%3,387-252$218$72,316,4104Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$608,15416%3,042-604$200$277,958,0255Lionsgate / Summit
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$421,01026%2,8403$148$11,491,5072FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$337,37931%2,249-497$150$169,316,7277Disney
9Red Dawn (2012)$273,23219%2,250-504$121$41,407,7344FilmDistrict
10Flight$269,86816%1,823-608$148$89,920,6727Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$176,24822%1,427-997$124$14,461,4733Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$309,75921%3710$835$17,544,4265Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$169,57319%409-13$415$8,692,4605Focus
3Argo$164,15214%667-277$246$105,263,36410Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$163,78221%561380$292$3,371,4784Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$69,5634%621-782$112$6,657,2313LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$36,1767%339-91$107$138,202,35811Fox
7Pitch Perfect$33,2005%332-55$100$63,934,16312Universal
8Talaash$23,505110%113-49$208$2,741,1693Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$21,54131%151-46$143$5,246,5229Fox Searchlight
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,87117%125-50$135$17,039,24813Lionsgate / Summit
11Looper$14,63410%190-42$77$66,333,02312Sony / TriStar
12End of Watch$14,0205%172-1077$82$40,497,30613Open Road
13Sinister$10,7979%184107$59$47,938,16610Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,78410%100-41$98$15,008,41910CBS Films
15Alex Cross$9,62818%175-39$55$25,757,5619Lionsgate / Summit
16The Man With the Iron Fists$7,87525%105-76$75$15,622,7157Universal
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,4268%157109$47$53,822,5669Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$32,5463%3632$904$469,0212Focus
2Cloud Atlas$17,09623%98-93$174$26,654,2688Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$16,69249%14-3$1,192$477,3554Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$16,21468%520$312$10,233,93735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,019-9%46-17$174$1,101,2037Entertainment One / RKO
6The Intouchables$6,209215%2513$248$13,078,08430Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,147-10%300$205$21,522,31789Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,93027%84-6$47$161,018,41723Fox
9The Master$2,370-2%14-9$169$15,917,28614Weinstein Company
10ParaNorman$2,0285%61-20$33$55,968,89718Focus
11Hecho en Mexico$1,4156%10-16$142$148,6873Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Arbitrage$1,23629%10-15$124$7,892,89314Roadside Attractions
13House at the End of the Street$1,0226%41-27$25$31,609,58513Relativity Media
14This Must Be the Place$596-2%3-2$199$143,4487Weinstein Company