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 Sun, Jan. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$6,050,267-35%2,9372877$2,060$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$4,140,810-33%3,103--$1,334$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
3A Haunted House$3,771,853-50%2,160--$1,746$18,101,6821Open Road
4Django Unchained$2,956,191-36%3,0122$981$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,628,711-37%3,012-743$873$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$2,561,125-39%2,92723$875$118,723,1853Universal
7Lincoln$1,720,506-38%2,027126$849$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$1,523,650-47%2,957-411$515$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,142,950-50%2,6595$430$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$1,104,584-49%2,707-581$408$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$962,825-51%2,320-611$415$61,442,1804Universal
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$608,167-26%1,127-976$540$30,586,7914Disney
13The Guilt Trip$431,461-51%1,606-706$269$34,464,0574Paramount
14Promised Land (2012)$314,557-44%1,647-29$191$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,339,882-39%81065$1,654$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$826,275-32%757-208$1,092$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$658,338-42%808236$815$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Rise of The Guardians$390,611-24%905-602$432$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$360,028-51%823-484$437$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
6Argo$331,519-43%621319$534$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
7Wreck-It Ralph$222,575-31%476-233$468$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$174,472-41%542-283$322$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$156,600-43%24624$637$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$154,907-25%430-387$360$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$110,318-35%252-15$438$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$65,568-35%144-19$455$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$56,363-42%228-15$247$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
14Taken 2$36,320-46%190-23$191$139,499,96315Fox
15Flight$35,927-47%150-100$240$92,741,71811Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$26,321-44%225-27$117$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Hitchcock$25,430-40%1279$200$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
18Pitch Perfect$25,425-45%154-11$165$64,799,60816Universal
19Cloud Atlas$21,006-32%1627$130$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
20End of Watch$19,186-21%111-29$173$40,983,00117Open Road
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,304-43%1002$163$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22Not Fade Away$11,147-42%177-388$63$574,5084Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$7,861-44%107-32$73$12,904,1126FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,141-18%520$503$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$16,538-32%5413$306$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$13,468-38%2--$6,734$47,1221Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,524-32%48-5$198$161,239,97127Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,134-17%300$304$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$7,836-39%17-6$461$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
7The Master$7,676-29%164$480$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$4,635-38%31-20$150$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$2,940-11%121$245$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$413-30%40$103$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions