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 Sat, Feb. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,809,81534%3,141--$4,715$25,897,5701Universal
2Warm Bodies$5,326,16163%3,0090$1,770$33,718,9432Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$4,116,02347%2,605--$1,580$6,916,0341Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$3,107,05094%2,8090$1,106$87,806,64713Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$2,646,89190%3,285-90$806$42,121,1943Paramount
6Mama$2,074,67574%2,677-104$775$62,988,0854Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$1,931,988101%2,562-309$754$82,455,6788Sony / Columbia
8Argo$1,153,664108%1,405470$821$122,941,25418Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$1,084,03895%1,502-275$722$153,852,0557Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$909,03976%2,4040$378$7,615,4712Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$904,360112%1,517-239$596$173,079,24214Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$834,39277%2,004-234$416$15,286,0893FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$723,49592%1,447-401$500$143,527,8707Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$702,873127%1,001-299$702$297,877,4529Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$518,953115%1,219-261$426$74,032,3937Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$816,344118%92422$883$107,975,09912Fox
2Top Gun 3D$791,03250%300--$2,637$1,318,1541Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$515,350156%75797$681$184,065,74515Disney
4The Impossible$438,13182%739-26$593$16,389,5978Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$427,53788%24442$1,752$4,713,9445Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$398,10172%942-683$423$44,562,9365Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$380,02399%913-588$416$38,791,4395Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$283,82965%67011$424$2,575,7852Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$228,47885%755-1031$303$19,095,5854Fox
10Skyfall$208,92782%370-55$565$303,349,88014Sony / Columbia
11Movie 43$128,31651%777-1246$165$8,594,6853Relativity Media
12Rise of The Guardians$120,340161%275-32$438$100,778,09112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$111,09558%307-143$362$79,062,8658Paramount
14This is 40$94,52566%278-95$340$67,212,5308Universal
15Hotel Transylvania$79,920158%191-33$418$148,102,73220Sony / Columbia
16Hyde Park on Hudson$61,95479%130-14$477$5,792,00210Focus
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$48,65297%160-29$304$291,402,86513Lionsgate / Summit
18The Guilt Trip$48,45155%225-66$215$36,667,2588Paramount
19Here Comes the Boom$47,06485%144-31$327$45,168,92718Sony / Columbia
20Texas Chainsaw 3D$45,79478%18564$248$34,155,5406Lionsgate
21The Last Stand$43,01877%239-450$180$11,878,7344Lionsgate
22Flight$27,56970%115-85$240$93,734,59715Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$25,67772%105-48$245$44,737,02212FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$44,944123%25--$1,798$65,0651UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$39,203108%63-76$622$1,500,9583UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$25,89472%911$285$12,658,65913Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$23,75925%520$457$11,150,65043Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$18,97590%300$633$21,909,71797Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$13,689100%47-3$291$12,485,2118Paramount
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$12,93352%81-67$160$13,074,96110FilmDistrict
8Lost in Thailand$11,79130%35--$337$20,8891WAMCR
9The Master$11,080132%291$382$16,239,26322Weinstein Company
10Hitchcock$8,08454%36-8$225$5,917,60112Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$7,33181%35-48$209$139,837,17919Fox
12The Sessions$5,30085%18-11$294$5,930,27517Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,72392%120$310$1,510,87515Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$1,87579%15-26$125$64,997,39820Universal
15Brief Reunion$1,026522%1--$1,026$5,4084Striped Entertainment
16LUV$63339%3-5$211$155,8354Indomina Media