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 Mon, Jan. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,872,463-65%3,0100$622$108,152,5852Weinstein Company
2The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,311,112-72%3,755-345$349$265,146,0054Warner Bros. / New Line
3Les Miserables (2012)$1,263,240-70%2,90490$435$104,766,2802Universal
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,146,753-68%2,654--$432$22,891,2231Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$713,741-68%3,288-64$217$65,410,9553Paramount
6This is 40$630,165-68%2,93117$215$54,885,3603Universal
7Parental Guidance$583,083-75%3,3681$173$52,922,7812Fox
8Lincoln$411,362-71%1,901-65$216$144,500,4089Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$335,252-69%2,312-119$145$31,447,1343Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$275,780-71%1,6761651$165$4,671,2192Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$269,709-76%2,103-515$128$28,251,2633Disney
12Skyfall$220,644-69%1,307-330$169$297,025,0109Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$179,918-77%1,507-548$119$97,407,5857Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$288,746-69%7450$388$34,965,5158Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$226,039-71%965-213$234$91,265,5277Fox
3The Impossible$216,026-72%572557$378$3,628,4393Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$108,673-71%817-23$133$10,987,0353Paramount
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$102,106-68%825-366$124$289,235,4628Lionsgate / Summit
6Hyde Park on Hudson$84,198-70%222138$379$3,294,0835Focus
7Wreck-It Ralph$79,005-77%709-204$111$178,580,64510Disney
8Argo$54,047-73%302-43$179$110,160,96613Warner Bros.
9Anna Karenina (2012)$35,818-65%163-55$220$11,573,5818Focus
10Not Fade Away$25,474-63%565546$45$442,3603Paramount Vantage
11Flight$20,996-66%250-150$84$92,509,36210Paramount
12Taken 2$16,772-68%213-19$79$139,301,53614Fox
13Hitchcock$15,367-62%118-231$130$5,504,2637Fox Searchlight
14Red Dawn (2012)$14,190-65%252-173$56$43,891,2337FilmDistrict
15Cloud Atlas$11,688-60%155110$75$26,914,93011Warner Bros.
16Pitch Perfect$10,725-65%165-18$65$64,666,58315Universal
17End of Watch$7,607-60%140-22$54$40,899,42716Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,689-59%139-129$34$12,856,2865FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$242,059-71%6055$4,034$4,648,1973Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$9,246-54%98-27$94$17,488,27416Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$7,125-58%520$137$10,667,34838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$7,038-56%41-39$172$5,639,06212Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$3,352-70%23-14$146$1,360,19210Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$3,116-70%51-17$61$14,908,0976Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,654-67%300$88$21,694,67192Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,481-73%53-9$47$161,206,56326Fox
9The Intouchables$1,782-64%110$162$13,162,68133Weinstein Company
10The Master$1,314-72%12-1$110$15,981,18317Weinstein Company
11Arbitrage$350-39%4-3$88$7,916,17217Roadside Attractions
12Talaash$313-84%8-8$39$2,870,6576Reliance Entertainment
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$77-45%1--$77$86,88714Roadside Attractions