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, Mar. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,544,127-26%3,525--$438$32,500,9601Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$699,308-23%2,771--$252$11,100,8971Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$678,300-16%3,2308$210$109,548,7354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$537,837-21%2,5110$214$26,238,2862Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$489,534-19%2,951-272$166$58,583,4103Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$433,098-8%1,836-176$236$116,599,81016Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$377,950-18%2,589-966$146$60,896,1863Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$372,207-18%3,110-243$120$44,264,3563Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$270,002-26%2,700--$100$8,697,1831CBS Films
10Dark Skies$222,289-21%2,3130$96$14,102,5372Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$156,845-15%1,112-958$141$28,555,7024Open Road
12Warm Bodies$150,968-15%1,930-714$78$62,421,0075Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$71,235-2%1,075-1875$66$18,773,4243Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$203,980-11%725369$281$11,789,8858Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$182,461-25%62654$291$117,613,78715Fox
3Argo$153,041-11%985183$155$133,128,25221Warner Bros.
4Zero Dark Thirty$101,2554%722-475$140$93,865,65511Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$94,156-19%983324$96$160,571,20310Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$85,406-5%652-223$131$180,323,11017Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$55,658-24%601-824$93$54,272,5536Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$49,280-10%352-110$140$147,781,24510Universal
9Mama$22,225-1%447-716$50$70,944,0657Universal
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$21,339-21%210-178$102$301,473,01812Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,801-6%225125$84$79,738,76611Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$17,202-7%183-80$94$1,312,6822Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$16,8942%295-10$57$102,437,23015Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$16,649-13%151-122$110$18,372,52511Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$15,011-1%258-123$58$76,104,62510Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,084-11%138-64$80$45,787,8978Warner Bros.
17Kai Po Che$11,084-26%104-6$107$910,7212UTV Motion Pictures
18The Guilt Trip$8,444-6%133-53$63$37,125,33011Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,092-5%180-43$34$292,318,34416Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$12,761-14%7--$1,823$202,8931Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,25517%520$216$11,508,81746Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hyde Park on Hudson$9,604-14%38-27$253$6,244,07813Focus
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,431-3%68--$95$161,8261Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,460-5%86-19$52$9,467,8645Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,10776%300$137$22,095,521100Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Broken City$3,609-19%69-29$52$19,651,8147Fox
8Parker$2,510-35%51-161$49$17,450,8406FilmDistrict
9Stand Up Guys$2,20117%17-24$129$3,307,3915Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,319-8%11--$120$24,3791eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$78824%21$394$17,5852Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$75638%6-1$126$1,553,58818Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$418-9%17-4$25$8,810,2356Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6870%2-7$34$222,0984UTV Motion Pictures