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, Jun. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$10,376,090-26%3,68628$2,815$171,003,9652Universal
2Now You See Me$8,446,088-22%2,925--$2,888$29,350,3891Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$7,411,913-28%3,401--$2,179$27,520,0401Sony / Columbia
4Epic$5,336,214-25%3,89412$1,370$65,377,4912Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$5,202,020-27%3,585-322$1,451$181,537,3813Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$4,647,009-29%3,56510$1,304$88,540,9082Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$2,549,285-30%2,895-529$881$385,187,7365Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,922,555-27%2,635-455$730$128,508,2094Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$360,424-34%579-133$622$16,884,9906Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$202,396-31%506-502$400$180,588,68511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$150,935-31%501-414$301$92,331,6858Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$98,325-43%357-215$275$88,067,6707Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$81,002-32%286-60$283$121,588,60310Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$61,757-27%268-78$230$56,322,42716Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$39,347-43%207-796$190$49,055,6286Paramount
8Identity Thief$33,750-42%150-37$225$134,455,17517Universal
9The Call$32,604-34%138-28$236$51,752,09012Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$26,145-28%103-25$254$21,135,65910Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$25,077-37%149-60$168$97,867,13911FilmDistrict
12The Big Wedding$21,967-33%126-139$174$21,285,9806Lionsgate
13Jack the Giant Slayer$20,650-34%143-42$144$65,111,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$17,677-42%121-364$146$9,040,6634Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$43,506-29%7410$588$897,1376Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$32,062-39%3913$822$901,4244Roadside Attractions
3The East$24,475-26%4--$6,119$77,0311Fox Searchlight
4The Kings of Summer$17,972-23%4--$4,493$58,9621CBS Films
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,283-1%381$429$388,3345eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$15,114-41%58-3$261$2,208,57911Weinstein Company
7We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,900-13%117$991$73,5662Focus World
8Not Today$9,211-46%1813$512$242,5968Freestyle Releasing
9To the Arctic 3D$5,812-35%520$112$12,693,77559Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Scary Movie 5$5,022-31%51-120$98$31,411,3548Weinstein / Dimension
11Evil Dead$4,092-12%40-18$102$54,136,8559Sony / TriStar
12From Up on Poppy Hill$3,9943%12-12$333$982,95112GKIDS
13Spring Breakers$3,846-8%40-30$96$14,113,34212A24
14Born to Be Wild 3D$3,118-30%300$104$22,724,241113Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Quartet$2,918-39%17-13$172$18,262,05921Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$2,260-33%23-12$98$132,088,91029Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,895-1%12-14$158$18,004,22511Focus
18Emperor$1,408-17%6-2$235$3,342,07013Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$350-1%10$350$17,8242Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$8040%1-5$80$20,8354GKIDS
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$75-88%2--$38$7751Cinema Purgatorio