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, Jan. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$4,551,813-51%3,0100$1,512$82,385,3101Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,449,012-53%4,1000$1,085$242,450,3373Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$3,601,920-53%2,8146$1,280$84,181,0301Universal
4Parental Guidance$2,142,142-54%3,3678$636$40,798,5661Fox
5Jack Reacher$1,945,286-54%3,3520$580$53,760,9792Paramount
6This is 40$1,748,395-52%2,9141$600$44,357,4252Universal
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,073,493-45%2,6180$410$23,031,8242Disney
8Lincoln$1,046,468-58%1,9660$532$137,698,8888Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$956,623-54%2,4310$394$25,791,4102Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$879,143-43%2,0550$428$93,770,7706Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$746,695-47%1,6370$456$293,046,8168Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$659,243-50%1,17867$560$87,610,3466Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$377,388-38%1,1918$317$287,405,2617Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$643,415-52%7450$864$30,455,9997Weinstein Company
2Wreck-It Ralph$376,623-39%9130$413$176,983,6039Disney
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$358,461-56%8400$427$9,267,1852Paramount
4Argo$141,319-56%3450$410$109,184,60312Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$89,012-45%218-19$408$11,076,6977Focus
6Flight$62,179-53%4000$155$92,174,0629Paramount
7Hitchcock$59,762-52%349-2$171$5,276,3676Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$55,578-53%42523$131$43,640,6946FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$37,477-43%232-8$162$139,039,25513Fox
10Pitch Perfect$30,195-27%183-7$165$64,498,73814Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$21,406-45%2680$80$12,777,9464FilmDistrict
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,072-25%125-1$169$17,377,19415Lionsgate / Summit
13End of Watch$16,245-36%162-10$100$40,808,36315Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$77,604-33%50$15,521$1,636,6752Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$62,488-61%845$744$2,113,3304Focus
3The Impossible$29,852-57%150$1,990$628,6442Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$25,464-63%25--$1,019$319,7821Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$23,14440%520$445$10,558,32237Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$11,229-22%37-2$303$1,306,5229Entertainment One / RKO
7The Sessions$11,095-49%805$139$5,562,05211Fox Searchlight
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,390-37%62-2$135$161,161,24525Fox
9Born to Be Wild 3D$8,255-20%300$275$21,651,11991Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$7,650-28%820$93$48,079,85712Lionsgate / Summit
11Not Fade Away$7,592-60%1916$400$138,9462Paramount Vantage
12Killing Them Softly$7,136-46%680$105$14,857,0915Weinstein Company
13Alex Cross$4,692-51%771$61$25,883,82611Lionsgate / Summit
14Paranormal Activity 4$4,341-17%500$87$53,896,54111Paramount
15Cloud Atlas$4,243-42%450$94$26,797,27710Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$2,886-58%114$262$13,141,91832Weinstein Company
17Talaash$2,714-55%16-9$170$2,862,7265Reliance Entertainment
18The Master$2,556-41%130$197$15,966,45516Weinstein Company
19ParaNorman$2,196-25%22-1$100$56,001,12220Focus
20Arbitrage$1,049-45%72$150$7,912,58416Roadside Attractions