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, Mar. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$7,503,927-37%3,525--$2,129$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$2,325,595-50%3,2308$720$107,433,2504Universal
3Snitch (2013)$2,077,127-42%2,5110$827$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
4Escape From Planet Earth$2,041,544-38%3,110-243$656$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
521 And Over$2,018,102-40%2,771--$728$8,754,1681Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$1,406,412-49%1,836-176$766$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$1,397,985-51%2,951-272$474$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,289,228-60%2,700--$477$7,728,3541CBS Films
9A Good Day to Die Hard$1,257,377-41%2,589-966$486$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$773,180-52%2,3130$334$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$615,986-49%1,930-714$319$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$462,010-44%1,112-958$415$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$259,139-40%1,075-1875$241$18,557,7443Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$690,724-39%62654$1,103$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$536,126-48%985183$544$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$518,441-35%725369$715$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$330,396-48%722-475$458$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$261,136-46%652-223$401$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$231,490-51%983324$235$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$165,558-33%601-824$275$54,092,2436Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$161,955-38%352-110$460$147,631,64510Universal
9Rise of The Guardians$91,368-34%295-10$310$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$77,880-38%210-178$371$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
11Mama$75,990-53%447-716$170$70,874,9057Universal
12Bless Me, Ultima$66,131-9%183-80$361$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$64,549-47%104-6$621$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
14Parental Guidance$56,388-43%258-123$219$76,060,89210Fox
15Jack Reacher$47,364-45%225125$211$79,682,72611Paramount
16The Impossible$41,811-44%151-122$277$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$29,930-35%169-133$177$40,041,6838Open Road
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$28,917-43%180-43$161$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
19Gangster Squad$26,922-32%138-64$195$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$22,766-40%133-53$171$37,101,01111Paramount
21Skyfall$16,227-55%101-83$161$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$46,725-29%7--$6,675$160,5471Fox Searchlight
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$31,082-54%68--$457$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
3To the Arctic 3D$23,0670%520$444$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$15,397-30%38-27$405$6,215,99413Focus
5Bullet to the Head$12,527-30%86-19$146$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
6Broken City$8,993-42%69-29$130$19,640,6917Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,227-27%300$274$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sweeney$7,38310%11--$671$20,3211eOne Films US
9Parker$6,140-43%51-161$120$17,441,9586FilmDistrict
10Stand Up Guys$5,606-23%17-24$330$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,810-1%21$905$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$945-60%6-1$158$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$910-56%17-4$54$8,808,9836Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3610%2-7$181$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$132-33%1--$132$96,05222Roadside Attractions