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 Wed, Feb. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,041,655-28%3,141--$650$41,916,6751Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$632,178-30%2,605--$243$11,575,4461Open Road
3Warm Bodies$628,732-19%3,0090$209$38,665,0202Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$509,487-16%2,8090$181$91,139,90313Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$421,383-26%3,285-90$128$45,333,5663Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$283,355-19%2,562-309$111$84,526,8978Sony / Columbia
7Mama$227,545-23%2,677-104$85$64,754,9104Universal
8Argo$217,208-19%1,405470$155$124,322,01318Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$193,357-22%1,517-239$127$174,268,73614Disney / DreamWorks
10Django Unchained$191,419-18%1,502-275$127$155,165,8957Weinstein Company
11Bullet to the Head$169,411-33%2,4040$70$8,902,1942Warner Bros.
12Parker$161,677-32%2,004-234$81$16,434,2543FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$144,495-13%1,447-401$100$144,453,7757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$112,202-12%1,001-299$112$298,722,1329Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$61,558-30%1,219-261$50$74,585,3047Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$278,990-3%300--$930$2,788,0101Paramount
2Life of Pi$133,178-26%92422$144$109,033,56412Fox
3Quartet$119,750-4%24442$491$5,353,5435Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$77,580-26%739-26$105$16,938,8588Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$75,179-27%942-683$80$45,080,4295Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$67,584-22%67011$101$2,993,0432Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$52,178-21%75797$69$184,622,67715Disney
8Broken City$43,677-24%755-1031$58$19,382,4194Fox
9A Haunted House$42,677-29%913-588$47$39,161,7595Open Road
10Movie 43$24,014-23%777-1246$31$8,745,8293Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$19,823-9%307-143$65$79,178,9808Paramount
12Hyde Park on Hudson$16,594-7%130-14$128$5,881,81510Focus
13This is 40$16,550-8%278-95$60$67,306,9208Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$10,582-13%275-32$38$100,916,50712Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$9,564-17%225-66$43$36,726,6688Paramount
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,366-17%18564$40$34,212,0506Lionsgate
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,147-6%160-29$45$291,452,59713Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$6,612-26%239-450$28$11,927,8174Lionsgate
19Flight$4,807-15%115-85$42$93,764,96215Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,239-3%105-48$31$44,761,37612FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,34820%911$125$12,707,90413Focus
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$5,774-51%25--$231$119,3261UTV Motion Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$5,687-9%520$109$11,189,33943Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,80412%47-3$102$12,509,8228Paramount
5Race 2$4,025-54%63-76$64$1,543,7323UTV Motion Pictures
6Lost in Thailand$3,592-4%35--$103$43,8081WAMCR
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,17734%300$106$21,933,14297Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,167-25%36-8$60$5,933,09112Fox Searchlight
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,124-20%81-67$26$13,089,03110FilmDistrict
10The Master$2,069-22%291$71$18,254,70822Weinstein Company
11The Sessions$1,79419%18-11$100$5,939,22917Fox Searchlight
12A Late Quartet$1,26547%120$105$1,516,96215Entertainment One / RKO
13Taken 2$1,057-17%35-48$30$139,844,37219Fox
14Pitch Perfect$1,05017%15-26$70$65,000,69320Universal
15Brief Reunion$258-14%1--$258$6,6014Striped Entertainment
16LUV$1840%3-5$61$156,8314Indomina Media