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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$7,464,540-31%2,647--$2,820$28,402,3101Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$3,978,333-45%2,9469$1,350$54,142,3695Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$3,018,054-36%2,5231713$1,196$54,712,10610Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$2,308,687-37%3,1030$744$31,750,6002Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$2,258,009-35%2,1600$1,045$29,783,2002Open Road
6Les Miserables (2012)$2,179,255-33%2,579-348$845$130,050,0154Universal
7Django Unchained$2,111,873-39%2,516-496$839$137,874,5354Weinstein Company
8The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,904,263-32%2,323-689$820$287,166,6826Warner Bros. / New Line
9Broken City$1,825,129-48%2,620--$697$8,268,9081Fox
10The Last Stand$1,696,167-34%2,913--$582$6,281,4331Lionsgate
11Lincoln$1,498,513-41%2,174147$689$160,611,34211Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$1,273,283-33%2,337-620$545$66,277,5724Fox
13Life of Pi$1,051,384-30%1,256499$837$99,188,9309Fox
14Jack Reacher$581,583-43%1,707-1000$341$76,415,2805Paramount
15This is 40$498,960-46%1,232-1088$405$64,913,8055Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$471,763-24%1,312836$360$180,809,77812Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$333,182-39%1,474-1185$226$33,462,8873Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$732,752-32%88678$827$10,192,8035Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$622,582-41%756135$824$114,784,50115Warner Bros.
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$268,488-24%565-562$475$31,693,0605Disney
4Skyfall$249,293-46%507-316$492$300,856,31511Sony / Columbia
5Rise of The Guardians$197,539-24%474-431$417$99,497,1059Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$172,222-34%642-964$268$35,697,7785Paramount
7Hotel Transylvania$118,293-30%237-15$499$147,078,98117Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$112,968-42%194-52$582$4,861,2267Focus
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$102,287-30%306-236$334$290,713,79510Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$79,493-38%300150$265$93,091,05712Paramount
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$79,385-13%265-165$300$12,164,9645Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$64,395-30%24924$259$44,287,9909FilmDistrict
13Here Comes the Boom$58,502-35%209-19$280$44,646,00215Sony / Columbia
14Anna Karenina (2012)$51,261-27%117-27$438$12,234,11410Focus
15Promised Land (2012)$29,919-49%134-1513$223$7,534,1284Focus
16Taken 2$28,635-40%156-34$184$139,653,87116Fox
17Pitch Perfect$21,250-29%125-29$170$64,896,59317Universal
18Hitchcock$19,402-31%122-5$159$5,773,9909Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$95,224-31%3230$2,976$376,3402Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$26,318-17%520$506$10,860,83140Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$21,441-42%45--$476$83,1941Indomina Media
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,138-27%73-27$221$17,659,36918Lionsgate / Summit
5Born to Be Wild 3D$13,2671%300$442$21,774,36094Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$12,548-33%628$202$5,793,78514Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$9,309-27%58-104$161$27,093,69613Warner Bros.
8A Late Quartet$5,620-38%14-3$401$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$4,425-49%14-2$316$16,044,36119Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,861-52%58-49$67$12,935,5097FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$3,102-35%7--$443$17,3137GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$2,538-13%56-121$45$605,7475Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$173-15%1--$173$1,0611Anchor Bay Films