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 Mon, Jun. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$12,585,005-65%4,207--$2,991$141,266,4911Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$3,418,182-45%3,055--$1,119$36,445,4791Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,489,555-59%3,08262$483$82,195,4713Lionsgate / Summit
4The Purge$1,180,105-47%2,59155$455$53,142,9502Universal
5Fast & Furious 6$1,080,770-65%3,375-396$320$220,804,7254Universal
6The Internship$975,680-52%3,39933$287$32,075,5922Fox
7Epic$818,187-62%3,151-443$260$96,531,7154Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$645,825-75%2,331-821$277$211,732,7735Paramount
9After Earth$512,314-64%2,432-969$211$55,028,3713Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$339,209-54%1,901-1341$178$108,371,9104Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$326,102-72%1,649-702$198$399,985,1967Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$251,248-47%1,175-985$214$140,229,1226Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$86,817-54%368-46$236$182,738,26713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$66,245-62%405-175$164$19,684,6928Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$63,041-61%44474$142$93,764,53010Warner Bros.
4The East$32,773-61%11574$285$742,0333Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$25,905-56%258-40$100$88,803,7959Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$18,850-60%201-35$94$98,407,35613FilmDistrict
7Scary Movie 5$16,185-36%14190$115$31,545,71010Weinstein / Dimension
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,778-59%170-66$93$122,124,68912Paramount
9The Big Wedding$13,257-45%16573$80$21,490,5388Lionsgate
10Escape From Planet Earth$10,299-51%151-31$68$56,700,96618Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$37,016-44%5--$7,403$251,4111A24
2Quartet$26,229763%25-89$1,049$18,362,38523Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$21,065-58%2318$916$409,8262Roadside Attractions
4The Kings of Summer$19,251-63%6319$306$566,0453CBS Films
5Kon-Tiki$10,440-62%70-5$149$1,222,6768Weinstein Company
6Stories We Tell$9,780-60%63-7$155$1,253,9376Roadside Attractions
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,104136%300$237$22,807,184115Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Place Beyond the Pines$5,532-42%76-58$73$21,335,71612Focus
9To the Arctic 3D$4,955-49%520$95$12,811,20261Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Pain and Gain$4,346-59%70-105$62$49,294,9168Paramount
11Lost and Found in Armenia$4,15015%2-7$2,075$86,8602High Top Releasing
12The Sapphires$2,494-61%39-16$64$2,328,23913Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,283-47%14-15$163$475,8987eOne Films US
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,788-43%11-14$163$160,7204Focus World
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$459-66%6-5$77$41,4112eOne Films US
16Not Today$428-74%7-12$61$292,25510Freestyle Releasing
17Tiger Eyes$408-83%6-11$68$22,1252Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$381-87%100$38$1,001,25914GKIDS
19The Stroller Strategy$310-45%1--$310$2,1091Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$217-51%2--$109$323,84517Freestyle Releasing