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 Tue, Mar. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,293,39213%3,9120$842$150,253,4362Disney
2The Call$1,558,94724%2,507--$622$19,931,6661Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$891,27719%3,160--$282$11,815,7241Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$619,22827%3,357-168$184$55,114,9263Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$439,98023%2,842-160$155$124,402,6606Universal
621 And Over$354,64820%2,424-347$146$22,568,9553Relativity Media
7Snitch (2013)$328,37124%2,35313$140$37,854,2864Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$284,16725%2,1880$130$9,884,2042FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$282,77020%1,602-125$177$125,069,76318Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$237,94722%2,206-335$108$67,344,6535Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$199,37022%2,211-338$90$52,540,9385Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$128,40123%1,117-608$115$65,704,0235Fox
13The Last Exorcism Part II$87,87810%1,575-1125$56$14,549,0903CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$145,99538%646-25$226$121,596,77417Fox
2Quartet$134,52029%688-27$196$15,072,62710Weinstein Company
3Emperor$78,80816%31150$253$2,175,3602Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$67,73138%402-200$168$30,599,5936Open Road
5Argo$54,3216%540-201$101$135,283,83923Warner Bros.
6Warm Bodies$52,3356%659-393$79$64,681,9377Lionsgate / Summit
7Lincoln$52,05526%46634$112$181,501,81219Disney / DreamWorks
8Dark Skies$51,43013%703-802$73$16,744,0934Weinstein / Dimension
9Zero Dark Thirty$45,20815%450-72$100$95,398,77113Sony / Columbia
10Django Unchained$40,08121%266-70$151$161,656,60812Weinstein Company
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,82315%305-32$108$302,454,44914Warner Bros. / New Line
12Les Miserables (2012)$25,20516%241-45$105$148,525,28512Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$18,24022%213-62$86$103,038,83817Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$15,48922%2223$70$76,572,05712Fox
15Mama$13,3501%204-10$65$71,351,9409Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$12,91029%130-95$99$54,701,9938Paramount
17The Impossible$12,87371%105-9$123$18,635,04613Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$10,11114%130-64$78$80,052,61613Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,87225%125-156$71$19,189,8805Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$39,79242%9477$423$713,5233Fox Searchlight
2Girl Rising$15,77049%18-6$876$406,5162Gathr Films
3To the Arctic 3D$15,255197%520$293$11,710,28448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Parker$7,4016%9258$80$17,550,7018FilmDistrict
5Bless Me, Ultima$5,850-2%45-7$130$1,476,9224Arenas Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,322-22%300$177$22,219,004102Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Gangster Squad$4,89117%50-40$98$45,929,44110Warner Bros.
8Hyde Park on Hudson$4,28059%31-8$138$6,343,66315Focus
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,327-16%2--$1,664$64,8671GKIDS
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$2,983-1%45-11$66$318,2383Methinx Entertainment
11Kai Po Che$2,58489%42-29$62$1,084,3364UTV Motion Pictures
12Camp (2013)$1,916-10%1511$128$68,9284Freestyle Releasing