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 Fri, Apr. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$7,491,446--3,277--$2,286$7,491,4461Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$5,213,985151%3,7929$1,375$52,501,4852Universal
342 (2013)$2,951,561183%3,405155$867$61,305,9333Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$2,576,573--2,633--$979$2,576,5731Lionsgate
5The Croods$1,570,851267%3,283-152$478$157,995,6346Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Scary Movie 5$1,079,829290%2,733-669$395$25,116,7653Weinstein / Dimension
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$972,448169%2,707-468$359$113,748,5915Paramount
8The Place Beyond the Pines$790,19998%1,58442$499$14,315,0705Focus
9Olympus Has Fallen$785,319130%2,334-304$336$91,093,7916FilmDistrict
10Evil Dead$634,479103%2,186-637$290$50,502,2374Sony / TriStar
11Jurassic Park 3D$619,085131%1,848-482$335$40,309,4604Universal
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$429,636149%1,610-435$267$224,877,7758Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$635,481--363--$1,751$635,4811Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$318,439121%942-463$338$49,852,7625Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$154,480202%25971$596$1,899,5712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$118,01359%611-745$193$25,605,0995Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$106,342728%365110$291$63,419,4499Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$106,250269%425-55$250$132,916,63012Universal
7The Call$98,42347%513-464$192$50,502,0567Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$57,81628%361-506$160$131,283,15824Weinstein Company
9The Lords of Salem$57,41033%280-75$205$912,7032Anchor Bay Films
10Snitch (2013)$50,512704%25291$200$42,189,34310Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sapphires$47,00296%12612$373$1,283,1666Weinstein Company
12Escape From Planet Earth$44,319442%28343$157$54,932,86611Weinstein Company
13Safe Haven$42,650115%259-66$165$70,997,33811Relativity Media
14Admission$37,47726%279-206$134$17,615,7786Focus
15Trance$32,237-21%157-286$205$2,039,0344Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$29,540131%190-50$155$66,196,32313Lionsgate / Summit
17Quartet$23,2582%130-46$179$17,946,37216Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$21,45742%131-62$164$124,607,66923Fox
1921 And Over$20,048293%13686$147$25,547,0299Relativity Media
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$19,12338%185-80$103$22,417,6327Warner Bros. / New Line
21A Good Day to Die Hard$13,05957%122-48$107$67,200,43611Fox
22Side Effects (2013)$13,001-57%108-537$120$31,959,13412Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,232136%520$543$12,268,11654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Camp (2013)$18,241369%28-4$651$263,91710Freestyle Releasing
3Spring Breakers$17,46151%72-50$243$13,907,2197A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,54099%44-4$308$759,4517GKIDS
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$12,83799%25--$513$483,7439Methinx Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,294149%300$376$22,518,540108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Dark Skies$7,10042%63-28$113$17,323,14510Weinstein / Dimension
8Parental Guidance$6,07590%61-29$100$77,203,77718Fox
9Kon-Tiki$5,623--2--$2,812$5,6231Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$5,19285%27-2$192$3,711,9586eOne Films US
11Django Unchained$4,89636%38-39$129$162,779,66818Weinstein Company
12Emperor$2,270-34%26-38$87$3,290,2998Roadside Attractions
13Girl Rising$1,857-96%72-98$26$994,3148Gathr Films
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,745-19%10$1,745$20,2372Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$691-59%3-17$230$145,5773Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$510--1--$510$16,5188Rialto Pictures
17Settai$401271%1-1$401$85,8344UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$40100%20$20$1,122,03310UTV Motion Pictures