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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$26,941,170-15%3,658--$7,365$97,375,2451Universal
2Star Trek Into Darkness$12,882,553-11%3,90739$3,297$146,117,5822Paramount
3The Hangover Part III$12,545,654-14%3,555--$3,529$53,460,6611Warner Bros.
4Epic$10,803,395-19%3,882--$2,783$33,531,0681Fox
5Iron Man 3$6,645,022-12%3,424-813$1,941$367,407,1164Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,509,046-12%3,090-460$1,459$114,270,1743Warner Bros.
7The Croods$442,075-13%1,008-1365$439$179,243,21810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$209,007-15%1,003-1426$208$48,556,7015Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$682,419-13%712-248$958$14,555,3195Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$449,874-11%915-1465$492$91,063,1177Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$303,160-5%572-1505$530$87,335,1556Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$232,141-9%401-134$579$232,214,56412Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$153,300-10%346-63$443$121,088,0939Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$101,963-20%485-1556$210$8,788,6283Lionsgate
7Escape From Planet Earth$93,377-11%346-347$270$55,957,76415Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$75,810-21%265-1178$286$21,084,6305Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$65,450-21%187-54$350$134,257,03516Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$60,082-3%209-257$287$97,679,51010FilmDistrict
11The Call$55,837-2%166-63$336$51,556,92911Sony / TriStar
12The Place Beyond the Pines$53,980-19%128-189$422$20,955,7849Focus
13Jack the Giant Slayer$38,463-11%185-65$208$64,968,99413Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$21,418-9%131-19$163$51,935,9169Lionsgate
15Scary Movie 5$19,359-26%171-337$113$31,369,8987Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$54,961-19%643$859$664,1365Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$40,002-29%263$1,539$722,8543Roadside Attractions
3Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$25,169-6%3713$680$291,8424eOne Films US
4The Sapphires$23,486-20%61-41$385$2,108,78710Weinstein Company
5To the Arctic 3D$17,643-3%520$339$12,621,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$17,5689%29-10$606$2,818,0206Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$12,977-6%93-60$140$42,908,31514Lionsgate / Summit
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$9,148-17%4--$2,287$27,6891Focus World
9Spring Breakers$8,8111%7059$126$14,081,27111A24
10Quartet$6,942-37%30-12$231$18,234,98320Weinstein Company
11Evil Dead$6,546-18%58-150$113$54,111,6328Sony / TriStar
12From Up on Poppy Hill$6,162-18%24-12$257$959,47711GKIDS
13Silver Linings Playbook$5,866-18%35-96$168$132,071,15028Weinstein Company
14The Host (2013)$5,447-40%59-172$92$26,609,4489Open Road
15Born to Be Wild 3D$5,312-15%300$177$22,690,779112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Admission$3,900-14%26-103$150$17,992,01210Focus
17Life of Pi$3,347-17%26-25$129$124,885,43527Fox
18A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$3,045-32%1--$3,045$9,9971Rialto Pictures
19The Painting (2013)$2,981-21%65$497$15,1433GKIDS
20Emperor$2,28449%81$286$3,333,70212Roadside Attractions
21Not Today$1,954-48%5-1$391$194,8827Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$1,513-39%36-54$42$71,345,16115Relativity Media