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 Thu, Jun. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,062,124--4,207--$2,867$12,062,1240Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$4,492,183-43%3,055--$1,470$12,308,1350Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,941,206-2%3,02095$643$69,689,4432Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,687,505-11%2,536--$665$43,644,8501Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,487,695-8%3,77185$395$210,140,6253Universal
6The Internship$1,378,656-2%3,366--$410$23,951,3611Fox
7Epic$1,333,2144%3,390-504$393$89,428,6233Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$1,114,719-2%3,152-433$354$204,830,6944Paramount
9After Earth$901,495-9%3,4010$265$50,464,0152Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$545,327-10%3,242-323$168$105,250,5523Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$542,436-2%2,193-702$247$396,702,2396Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$455,110-4%2,160-475$211$138,303,5415Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$109,2233%384-122$284$182,081,09712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$105,757-3%5801$182$19,075,6627Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$39,422-2%370-131$107$93,095,3689Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,4051%298-59$95$88,594,7108Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$25,564-2%23687$108$98,218,38512FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$24,0895%236-50$102$121,997,92711Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$21,45910%182-86$118$56,629,34717Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$13,041-8%1309$100$9,177,0655Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$10,228-9%13330$77$21,287,79511Focus
10Pain and Gain$7,378-11%175-32$42$49,253,2917Paramount
11Quartet$6,63012%11497$58$18,326,01422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$20,856-6%4440$474$391,9442CBS Films
2The East$20,4799%4137$499$421,3052Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$17,168-7%7031$245$1,160,8035Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$15,6237%751$208$1,135,4877Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,156-5%5--$2,631$227,0341Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,9364%55-3$126$2,303,33612Weinstein Company
7The Big Wedding$6,03021%92-34$66$21,396,9047Lionsgate
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$5,48420%2514$219$148,4163Focus World
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,3286%9--$592$74,4351High Top Releasing
10To the Arctic 3D$5,2361%520$101$12,776,46860Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$5,199-8%300$173$22,783,381114Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,5942%29-9$158$460,8756eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$4,17716%58-85$72$65,187,60315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$3,00637%510$59$31,443,2579Weinstein / Dimension
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,2921%11--$208$35,7451eOne Films US
16Not Today$1,70841%191$90$284,3739Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$1,642-8%17--$97$17,0411Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$839-15%10-2$84$996,36213GKIDS
19Hello Herman$73738%15--$49$8,4371Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$26925%5-1$54$3,346,26414Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$32-33%3--$11$2,6162Cinema Purgatorio