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, Apr. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$11,340,05725%3,003--$3,776$20,401,8801Warner Bros.
2The Croods$6,157,700102%3,689-190$1,669$138,534,7464Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Scary Movie 5$6,024,2149%3,402--$1,771$11,540,1681Weinstein / Dimension
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,963,72470%3,535-199$1,404$99,515,4773Paramount
5Evil Dead$4,023,14626%3,0250$1,330$39,261,0042Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$3,930,87061%2,7787$1,415$29,484,6752Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$3,279,31060%2,935-124$1,117$79,929,3844FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,274,81584%2,504-401$908$218,032,4256Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,050,98750%1,805-242$1,136$44,344,1573Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$1,062,00342%2,172-1030$489$22,855,4743Open Road
11The Call$894,03657%1,630-372$548$48,084,6935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$1,670,28638%514484$3,250$4,255,1923Focus
2Admission$410,95249%909-498$452$16,603,8134Focus
3Trance$383,61734%438434$876$844,7962Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$262,26069%564-157$465$131,898,18510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$198,85768%451-73$441$130,242,55222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$154,13521%426-646$362$13,430,5295A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$150,40777%331-171$454$62,870,6397Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$109,75371%217-52$506$124,216,16421Fox
9Quartet$103,84167%224-28$464$17,516,92414Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$100,16752%279-8$359$65,842,24611Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$82,63739%277-83$298$70,565,5749Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$75,569111%276-156$274$54,613,2689Weinstein Company
13A Good Day to Die Hard$70,70672%210-15$337$66,967,3979Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$68,28349%274-261$249$22,089,3705Warner Bros. / New Line
15Snitch (2013)$61,59461%215-89$286$41,955,6818Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,74984%154-26$304$55,557,77212Paramount
17Django Unchained$38,37860%126-57$305$162,672,85316Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$31,69132%107-73$296$25,410,4477Relativity Media
19Argo$25,26240%1720$147$135,972,96527Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$118,23085%9333$1,271$717,5104Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$42,44884%498$866$580,4165GKIDS
3Not Today$33,454-13%41--$816$72,0971Freestyle Releasing
4The Impossible$27,12048%77-3$352$18,982,38517Lionsgate / Summit
5Parental Guidance$26,49082%90-20$294$77,107,28616Fox
6Side Effects (2013)$24,63063%53-27$465$31,466,10110Open Road
7Emperor$21,76941%96-24$227$3,204,2156Roadside Attractions
8To the Arctic 3D$19,887-14%520$382$12,111,07852Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dark Skies$16,40136%25-3$656$17,211,4238Weinstein / Dimension
10Starbuck$15,58193%321$487$3,650,1924eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$13,32249%55-22$242$302,966,62318Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dead Man Down$11,43045%94-52$122$10,872,2056FilmDistrict
13Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$7,83855%13-3$603$103,8722CodeBlack Films
14Settai$7,419135%15-18$495$71,9992UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,280-6%300$209$22,454,840106Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Stoker$5,35044%30-59$178$1,669,5547Fox Searchlight
17Himmatwala$368134%3-58$123$270,4343UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$308123%1-1$308$1,120,6938UTV Motion Pictures