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, Jun. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$14,043,66031%3,68628$3,810$160,627,8752Universal
2Now You See Me$10,842,6128%2,925--$3,707$20,904,3011Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$10,267,4764%3,401--$3,019$20,108,1271Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$7,124,81960%3,585-322$1,987$176,335,3613Paramount
5Epic$7,122,79871%3,89412$1,829$60,041,2772Fox
6The Hangover Part III$6,503,55224%3,56510$1,824$83,893,8992Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$3,640,32062%2,895-529$1,257$382,638,4515Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,632,02634%2,635-455$999$126,585,6544Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$542,91669%579-133$938$16,524,5666Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$291,45770%506-502$576$180,386,28911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$218,94254%501-414$437$92,180,7508Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$173,05040%357-215$485$87,969,3457Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$119,32556%286-60$417$121,507,60110Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$84,46372%268-78$315$56,260,67016Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$69,53934%207-796$336$49,016,2816Paramount
8Identity Thief$57,75054%150-37$385$134,421,42517Universal
9The Call$49,20656%138-28$357$51,719,48612Sony / TriStar
10Olympus Has Fallen$39,93357%149-60$268$97,842,06211FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$36,33064%103-25$353$21,109,51410Focus
12The Big Wedding$32,96866%126-139$262$21,264,0136Lionsgate
13Jack the Giant Slayer$31,35158%143-42$219$65,090,68414Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$30,38454%121-364$251$9,022,9864Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$61,09370%7410$826$853,6316Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$52,50476%3913$1,346$869,3624Roadside Attractions
3The East$33,05770%4--$8,264$52,5561Fox Searchlight
4The Sapphires$25,45263%58-3$439$2,193,46511Weinstein Company
5The Kings of Summer$23,21931%4--$5,805$40,9901CBS Films
6Not Today$16,932-3%1813$941$233,3858Freestyle Releasing
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,47449%381$434$372,0515eOne Films US
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$12,57673%117$1,143$62,6662Focus World
9To the Arctic 3D$8,997-53%520$173$12,687,96359Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Scary Movie 5$7,28338%51-120$143$31,406,3328Weinstein / Dimension
11Quartet$4,787102%17-13$282$18,259,14121Weinstein Company
12Evil Dead$4,65427%40-18$116$54,132,7639Sony / TriStar
13Born to Be Wild 3D$4,428-35%300$148$22,721,123113Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Spring Breakers$4,17229%40-30$104$14,109,49612A24
15From Up on Poppy Hill$3,88255%12-12$324$978,95712GKIDS
16Silver Linings Playbook$3,36935%23-12$146$132,086,65029Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,9176%12-14$160$18,002,33011Focus
18Emperor$1,70386%6-2$284$3,340,66213Roadside Attractions
19Girl Rising$640-82%30-33$21$1,344,34713Gathr Films
20Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$623709%2--$312$7001Cinema Purgatorio
21A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$354103%10$354$17,4742Rialto Pictures
22The Painting (2013)$57375%1-5$57$20,7554GKIDS