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. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$10,460,880-38%2,536--$4,125$27,236,5201Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$8,202,50535%3,77185$2,175$197,476,6153Universal
3Now You See Me$7,731,87327%3,02095$2,560$55,670,8202Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$6,646,8163%3,366--$1,975$13,120,0571Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$4,935,52453%3,152-433$1,566$196,606,3754Paramount
6Epic$4,921,46636%3,594-300$1,369$80,604,8753Fox
7After Earth$4,440,37133%3,4010$1,306$43,177,3912Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$3,077,78531%3,242-323$949$100,418,2513Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$2,482,60546%2,351-544$1,056$392,707,3036Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,744,40129%2,160-475$808$135,046,7945Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$516,81457%5801$891$18,274,2147Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$300,52633%414-92$726$181,450,33412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$159,93953%370-131$432$92,825,3929Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$108,90543%298-59$365$88,411,3458Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$81,81543%23687$347$98,052,79912FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$74,22049%236-50$314$121,843,09111Paramount
7Pain and Gain$44,87845%175-32$256$49,191,6607Paramount
8Escape From Planet Earth$39,14020%182-86$215$56,512,84717Weinstein Company
9Evil Dead$38,52242%171131$225$54,210,77110Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$32,14754%13431$240$21,235,89111Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$27,36864%1309$211$9,107,8875Lionsgate
12Quartet$14,03740%11497$123$18,291,80922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The East$107,47772%4137$2,621$277,3852Fox Searchlight
2The Kings of Summer$90,77947%4440$2,063$234,2062CBS Films
3Stories We Tell$64,98261%7031$928$1,054,6705Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$62,460-12%5--$12,492$133,4441Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$48,86756%751$652$1,043,6817Weinstein Company
6The Call$28,36234%91-47$312$51,853,57613Sony / TriStar
7The Big Wedding$22,08540%92-34$240$21,361,2217Lionsgate
8The Sapphires$19,127109%55-3$348$2,264,48712Weinstein Company
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$16,34572%2514$654$118,2753Focus World
10Lost and Found in Armenia$15,052-12%9--$1,672$32,2141High Top Releasing
11To the Arctic 3D$14,27745%520$275$12,743,07660Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Wish You Were Here (2013)$11,86872%11--$1,079$18,7741eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$11,70951%58-85$202$65,164,32615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$10,66675%29-9$368$433,3736eOne Films US
15Not Today$7,571-11%191$398$271,8659Freestyle Releasing
16Scary Movie 5$6,15356%510$121$31,429,7069Weinstein / Dimension
17Born to Be Wild 3D$4,125-26%300$138$22,756,977114Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Tiger Eyes$3,267-36%17--$192$8,3691Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$2,219--0----$319,35016Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$2,091103%10-2$209$991,69813GKIDS
21Hello Herman$1,376-38%15--$92$3,5821Freestyle Releasing
22Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$890456%31$297$2,4202Cinema Purgatorio
23Emperor$48146%5-1$96$3,344,79514Roadside Attractions
24Spring Breakers$374-4%5-35$75$14,123,51413A24