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, Jun. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$16,775,640--2,536--$6,615$16,775,6401Universal
2The Internship$6,473,241--3,366--$1,923$6,473,2411Fox
3Fast & Furious 6$6,088,415115%3,77185$1,615$189,274,1103Universal
4Now You See Me$6,064,92398%3,02095$2,008$47,938,9472Lionsgate / Summit
5Epic$3,628,85382%3,594-300$1,010$75,683,4093Fox
6After Earth$3,345,45193%3,4010$984$38,737,0202Sony / Columbia
7Star Trek Into Darkness$3,230,41284%3,152-433$1,025$191,670,8514Paramount
8The Hangover Part III$2,346,51066%3,242-323$724$97,340,4663Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,695,03389%2,351-544$721$390,224,6986Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,357,27561%2,160-475$628$133,302,3935Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$329,905124%5801$569$17,757,4007Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$225,770119%414-92$545$181,149,80812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$104,67460%370-131$283$92,665,4539Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$75,99094%298-59$255$88,302,4408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,123341%23687$242$97,970,98412FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$49,84440%236-50$211$121,768,87111Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$32,496-14%182-86$179$56,473,70717Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$31,044107%175-32$177$49,146,7827Paramount
9Evil Dead$27,096--171131$158$54,172,24910Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$20,91067%13431$156$21,203,74411Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$16,711241%1309$129$9,080,5195Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,016574%11497$88$18,277,77222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$70,984--5--$14,197$70,9841Roadside Attractions
2The East$62,467780%4137$1,524$169,9082Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$61,819999%4440$1,405$143,4272CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$40,284220%7031$575$989,6885Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$31,33174%751$418$994,8147Weinstein Company
6The Call$21,238--91-47$233$51,825,21413Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,162--9--$1,907$17,1621High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$15,72172%92-34$171$21,339,1367Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$9,83161%520$189$12,728,79960Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$9,48081%2514$379$101,9303Focus World
11The Sapphires$9,15025%55-3$166$2,245,36012Weinstein Company
12Not Today$8,497149%191$447$264,2949Freestyle Releasing
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,773-26%58-85$134$65,152,61715Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$6,906--11--$628$6,9061eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,079-18%29-9$210$422,7076eOne Films US
16Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5693%300$186$22,752,852114Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiger Eyes$5,102--17--$300$5,1021Freestyle Releasing
18Scary Movie 5$3,94787%510$77$31,423,5539Weinstein / Dimension
19Hello Herman$2,206--15--$147$2,2061Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,028-44%10-2$103$989,60713GKIDS
21Spring Breakers$390-81%5-35$78$14,123,14013A24
22Emperor$329-52%5-1$66$3,344,31414Roadside Attractions
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$160--31$53$1,5302Cinema Purgatorio