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 Mon, Apr. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$2,231,810-69%3,003--$743$29,718,9541Warner Bros.
2Evil Dead$743,686-67%3,0250$246$42,273,7702Sony / TriStar
3The Croods$720,092-82%3,689-190$195$143,159,2364Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$694,726-77%3,535-199$197$103,214,8393Paramount
5Scary Movie 5$636,427-76%3,402--$187$14,793,7941Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$597,555-76%2,7787$215$32,568,5402Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$566,472-71%2,935-124$193$82,423,3704FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$325,711-76%2,504-401$130$219,707,0816Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$324,354-70%1,805-242$180$45,749,4523Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$171,902-70%2,172-1030$79$23,600,3853Open Road
11The Call$143,980-71%1,630-372$88$48,718,1955Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$337,954-66%514484$657$5,577,8203Focus
2Trance$83,806-63%438434$191$1,155,0222Fox Searchlight
3Admission$69,497-64%909-498$76$16,864,7444Focus
4Spring Breakers$44,192-55%426-646$104$13,573,3825A24
5Identity Thief$39,225-68%564-157$70$132,061,49010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$32,434-64%451-73$72$130,366,23222Weinstein Company
7Quartet$23,706-61%224-28$106$17,601,37114Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$21,713-75%331-171$66$62,980,0047Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$18,268-71%217-52$84$124,298,00921Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,598-70%279-8$59$65,914,66511Lionsgate / Summit
11The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,209-67%274-261$48$22,142,6095Warner Bros. / New Line
12Safe Haven$13,130-66%277-83$47$70,617,8269Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$11,323-71%210-15$54$67,018,0889Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$10,086-78%276-156$37$54,670,1999Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$8,665-74%215-89$40$41,997,6368Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,202-61%107-73$77$25,439,8787Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,135-72%154-26$53$55,595,27412Paramount
18Django Unchained$6,709-64%126-57$53$162,698,29116Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,585-74%1720$21$135,990,50827Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$21,768-67%9333$234$806,1144Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$12,305237%480$256$681,2276Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$8,901-69%498$182$617,8785GKIDS
4Emperor$6,035-60%96-24$63$3,225,1766Roadside Attractions
5Not Today$5,945-75%41--$145$102,2921Freestyle Releasing
6Side Effects (2013)$4,650-65%53-27$88$31,484,03910Open Road
7The Impossible$4,401-69%77-3$57$19,001,15617Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$3,035-65%94-52$32$10,883,9616FilmDistrict
9To the Arctic 3D$2,941-76%520$57$12,126,45552Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Camp (2013)$2,776--2113$132$171,8128Freestyle Releasing
11Starbuck$2,560-70%321$80$3,661,3914eOne Films US
12Parental Guidance$2,262-81%90-20$25$77,121,23916Fox
13Stoker$2,072-30%30-59$69$1,674,5677Fox Searchlight
14Dark Skies$2,018-69%25-3$81$17,219,8768Weinstein / Dimension
15Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,971-71%13-3$152$112,6252CodeBlack Films
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,666-80%55-22$30$302,976,74118Warner Bros. / New Line
17Born to Be Wild 3D$1,014-66%300$34$22,458,842106Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Settai$821-82%15-18$55$77,4862UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$48-67%3-58$16$270,6263UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$30-67%1-1$30$1,120,8158UTV Motion Pictures