Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Mar. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,646,564-36%3,9120$2,977$144,056,3262Disney
2The Call$4,093,980-40%2,507--$1,633$17,118,7451Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$2,352,597-43%3,160--$744$10,177,2571Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$1,779,200-36%3,357-168$530$54,007,6353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$1,037,330-49%2,842-160$365$123,606,1756Universal
6Snitch (2013)$905,516-42%2,35313$385$37,261,8954Lionsgate / Summit
7Escape From Planet Earth$706,910-30%2,211-338$320$52,178,0005Weinstein Company
821 And Over$654,507-39%2,424-347$270$21,918,7403Relativity Media
9Dead Man Down$611,114-30%2,1880$279$9,373,3692FilmDistrict
10Silver Linings Playbook$581,751-51%1,602-125$363$124,551,78218Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$515,107-53%2,206-335$234$66,911,0395Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$308,599-40%1,117-608$276$65,471,6465Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$235,619-60%1,575-1125$150$14,381,1743CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$335,108-40%646-25$519$121,344,82617Fox
2Quartet$259,291-37%688-27$377$14,833,59110Weinstein Company
3Emperor$163,046-42%31150$524$2,028,5812Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$140,233-45%402-200$349$30,482,7816Open Road
5Warm Bodies$134,440-46%659-393$204$64,580,2007Lionsgate / Summit
6Argo$122,518-50%540-201$227$135,178,25123Warner Bros.
7Dark Skies$114,341-53%703-802$163$16,647,1164Weinstein / Dimension
8Zero Dark Thirty$108,980-46%450-72$242$95,314,28113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$104,508-42%46634$224$181,408,46719Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$88,346-38%305-32$290$302,393,02114Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$70,479-45%266-70$265$161,583,27112Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$53,020-41%241-45$220$148,478,39012Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$51,586-29%213-62$242$103,005,66517Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$37,535-41%2223$169$76,543,90012Fox
15Mama$34,680-44%204-10$170$71,325,3309Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$26,964-37%130-95$207$54,679,1068Paramount
17The Impossible$22,196-39%105-9$211$18,614,62413Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$19,464-44%130-64$150$80,033,64313Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$17,535-47%125-156$140$19,173,8925Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$73,600-33%9477$783$645,6573Fox Searchlight
2From Up on Poppy Hill$21,057-22%2--$10,529$57,5851GKIDS
3Parker$17,648-27%9258$192$17,536,3448FilmDistrict
4Bless Me, Ultima$16,522-14%45-7$367$1,465,1324Arenas Entertainment
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$13,350-42%45-11$297$311,8853Methinx Entertainment
6To the Arctic 3D$11,567-48%520$222$11,689,88548Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Kai Po Che$11,013-46%42-29$262$1,080,3844UTV Motion Pictures
8Gangster Squad$9,413-29%50-40$188$45,920,38010Warner Bros.
9Born to Be Wild 3D$8,371-39%300$279$22,206,827102Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Hyde Park on Hudson$5,714-45%31-8$184$6,336,68315Focus
11Camp (2013)$4,819-28%1511$321$64,8764Freestyle Releasing