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 Sun, Jan. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$5,406,158-36%3,0100$1,796$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,744,023-38%3,755-345$1,263$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$4,167,240-39%2,90490$1,435$103,503,0402Universal
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,596,145-55%2,654--$1,355$21,744,4701Lionsgate
5Parental Guidance$2,295,950-46%3,3681$682$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$2,215,656-45%3,288-64$674$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$1,993,080-45%2,93117$680$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$1,417,275-41%1,901-65$746$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,128,699-34%2,103-515$537$27,981,5543Disney
10The Guilt Trip$1,064,539-44%2,312-119$460$31,111,8823Paramount
11Promised Land (2012)$954,691-47%1,6761651$570$4,395,4392Focus
12Rise of The Guardians$779,071-27%1,507-548$517$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks
13Skyfall$704,431-48%1,307-330$539$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$942,103-40%7450$1,265$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$782,141-34%965-213$811$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$776,662-35%572557$1,358$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$369,708-33%817-23$453$10,878,3623Paramount
5Wreck-It Ralph$339,004-29%709-204$478$178,501,64010Disney
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$322,860-47%825-366$391$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$276,410-43%222138$1,245$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$203,307-44%302-43$673$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$125,542-37%267-34$470$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$103,147-35%163-55$633$11,537,7638Focus
11Not Fade Away$69,300-43%565546$123$416,8863Paramount Vantage
12Here Comes the Boom$68,416-44%243-9$282$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
13Flight$61,127-47%250-150$245$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$52,332-43%213-19$246$139,284,76414Fox
15Hitchcock$40,506-40%118-231$343$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
16Red Dawn (2012)$40,016-50%252-173$159$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,525-45%165-18$185$64,655,85815Universal
18Cloud Atlas$28,995-33%155110$187$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$19,018-32%140-22$136$40,891,82016Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$11,334-51%139-129$82$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$821,032-23%6055$13,684$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$20,294-39%98-27$207$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$17,164-43%520$330$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$15,871-41%41-39$387$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$11,107-35%23-14$483$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$10,460-41%51-17$205$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,218-42%53-9$174$161,204,08226Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,955-40%300$265$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$4,982-20%110$453$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,70511%12-1$392$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
11Talaash$1,983-30%8-8$248$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$573-48%4-3$143$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$140-42%1--$140$86,81014Roadside Attractions