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 Sun, May. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$21,594,735-20%3,868--$5,583$83,701,9811Paramount
2Iron Man 3$10,830,001-30%4,237-16$2,556$337,661,9773Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,867,380-27%3,55015$1,934$90,682,8322Warner Bros.
4The Croods$1,052,178-22%2,373-277$443$177,024,7859Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Pain and Gain$1,017,248-23%2,429-874$419$46,712,1834Paramount
642 (2013)$814,164-34%2,380-550$342$88,816,6276Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$675,250-34%2,077-693$325$85,588,0105Universal
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$558,802-43%2,0410$274$7,867,7572Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$377,275-26%1,443-855$261$20,308,1884Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$665,364-31%960108$693$11,660,3864Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$218,764-46%535-239$409$231,351,16111Disney
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$142,867-47%409-341$349$120,522,0438Paramount
4Olympus Has Fallen$129,108-32%466-370$277$97,332,5489FilmDistrict
5Scary Movie 5$121,050-35%508-499$238$31,206,3766Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$113,420-22%428-225$265$45,299,6807Universal
7The Place Beyond the Pines$102,317-18%317-352$323$20,627,9768Focus
8Escape From Planet Earth$93,266-9%693439$135$55,612,39814Weinstein Company
9The Call$83,4142%229108$364$51,319,36210Sony / TriStar
10Jack the Giant Slayer$70,768-32%250-31$283$64,789,19612Warner Bros. / New Line
11Evil Dead$67,39428%208-235$324$54,036,2837Sony / TriStar
12Identity Thief$63,865-32%241-38$265$133,989,14015Universal
13Snitch (2013)$38,416-19%153-35$251$42,838,78613Lionsgate / Summit
14The Host (2013)$27,455-46%231-70$119$26,542,1988Open Road
15The Sapphires$27,278-39%102-16$267$1,989,1589Weinstein Company
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,902-47%150-128$146$51,847,8168Lionsgate
17Admission$13,123-33%129-27$102$17,954,9909Focus
18Silver Linings Playbook$12,251-40%131-192$94$132,028,68027Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$50,596-24%6139$829$419,7384Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$39,559-35%2321$1,720$175,1032Roadside Attractions
3Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,756-30%241$532$182,2993eOne Films US
4To the Arctic 3D$10,825-29%520$208$12,536,19957Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Life of Pi$8,819-32%51-19$173$124,863,50526Fox
6Filly Brown$8,371-13%39-53$215$2,767,6935Lionsgate / Pantelion
7From Up on Poppy Hill$6,992-17%36-1$194$928,99710GKIDS
8Quartet$6,991-22%42-17$166$18,196,20419Weinstein Company
9Safe Haven$6,084-50%90-34$68$71,324,50914Relativity Media
10Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$5,72420%25-18$229$169,3793Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Dark Skies$5,535-25%323$173$17,411,93013Weinstein / Dimension
12A Good Day to Die Hard$4,529-22%31-19$146$67,344,39214Fox
13Trance$3,951-30%23-17$172$2,295,6147Fox Searchlight
14Not Today$3,786-42%61$631$176,7946Freestyle Releasing
15Spring Breakers$3,525-3%11-5$320$14,049,59310A24
16Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$2,102-21%15--$140$6,6021Freestyle Releasing
17Born to Be Wild 3D$1,993-50%300$66$22,651,521111Warner Bros. / IMAX
18No One Lives$1,945-23%12-41$162$72,1402Anchor Bay Films
19Starbuck$1,843-38%90$205$3,790,0599eOne Films US
20Emperor$1,7436%7-3$249$3,326,60411Roadside Attractions
21The Painting (2013)$77916%10$779$6,2772GKIDS
22Camp (2013)$340-19%2-1$170$316,57813Freestyle Releasing
23Girl Rising$340--37-26$9$1,231,08411Gathr Films