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, Mar. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$18,221,99160%3,9120$4,658$132,409,7622Disney
2The Call$6,844,21211%2,507--$2,730$13,024,7651Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,115,98211%3,160--$1,303$7,824,6601Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$2,774,63358%3,357-168$827$52,228,4353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$2,032,03051%2,842-160$715$122,568,8456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$1,552,64248%2,35313$660$36,356,3794Lionsgate / Summit
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,192,02259%1,602-125$744$123,970,03118Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$1,090,41829%2,206-335$494$66,395,9325Relativity Media
921 And Over$1,070,48713%2,424-347$442$21,264,2333Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$1,003,01059%2,211-338$454$51,471,0905Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$877,09138%2,1880$401$8,762,2552FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$589,87931%1,575-1125$375$14,145,5553CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$512,98153%1,117-608$459$65,163,0475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,80171%646-25$868$121,009,71817Fox
2Quartet$412,09555%688-27$599$14,574,30010Weinstein Company
3Emperor$279,02052%31150$897$1,865,5352Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$254,13370%402-200$632$30,342,5486Open Road
5Warm Bodies$249,13234%659-393$378$64,445,7607Lionsgate / Summit
6Argo$243,93371%540-201$452$135,055,73323Warner Bros.
7Dark Skies$241,80428%703-802$344$16,532,7754Weinstein / Dimension
8Zero Dark Thirty$202,30568%450-72$450$95,205,30113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$181,73066%46634$390$181,303,95919Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$142,23463%305-32$466$302,304,67514Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$127,56751%266-70$480$161,512,79212Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$89,17064%241-45$370$148,425,37012Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$72,38743%213-62$340$102,954,07917Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$63,39722%2223$286$76,506,36512Fox
15Mama$62,22536%204-10$305$71,290,6509Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$42,49348%130-95$327$54,652,1428Paramount
17The Impossible$36,40143%105-9$347$18,592,42813Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$34,95039%130-64$269$80,014,17913Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$32,81049%125-156$262$19,156,3575Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$110,02835%9477$1,171$572,0573Fox Searchlight
2From Up on Poppy Hill$26,886179%2--$13,443$36,5281GKIDS
3Parker$24,12344%9258$262$17,518,6968FilmDistrict
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$23,16728%45-11$515$298,5353Methinx Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$22,397-3%520$431$11,678,31848Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Kai Po Che$20,21257%42-29$481$1,069,3714UTV Motion Pictures
7Bless Me, Ultima$19,20759%45-7$427$1,448,6104Arenas Entertainment
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,835-20%300$461$22,198,456102Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Gangster Squad$13,34627%50-40$267$45,910,96710Warner Bros.
10Hyde Park on Hudson$10,33664%31-8$333$6,330,96915Focus
11Camp (2013)$6,683-53%1511$446$60,0564Freestyle Releasing
12Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,260--10$1,260$98,63624Roadside Attractions