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. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$28,733,991-6%4,004--$7,176$59,207,0901Disney
2World War Z$22,619,334-10%3,607--$6,271$47,816,2131Paramount
3Man of Steel$16,211,39729%4,2070$3,853$197,549,3572Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,850,50818%3,0550$1,588$53,766,7192Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$3,124,25632%2,823-259$1,107$92,076,5534Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$2,006,11034%2,417-958$830$227,192,1255Universal
7The Purge$1,364,62014%2,201-390$620$58,580,6103Universal
8The Internship$1,339,00024%1,916-1483$699$37,356,4703Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$1,303,11150%1,565-766$833$215,785,1276Paramount
10Epic$712,04133%1,994-1157$357$100,502,8585Fox
11After Earth$374,44235%1,166-1266$321$57,094,9824Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$926,99720%924-725$1,003$402,643,0428Disney
2The Bling Ring$671,003-10%650645$1,032$1,755,0362A24
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$306,31546%206183$1,487$988,7233Roadside Attractions
4The Hangover Part III$292,37020%530-1371$552$109,831,9255Warner Bros.
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$241,39347%362-813$667$141,403,3587Warner Bros.
6The Croods$194,92127%324-44$602$183,411,61914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$154,63960%19580$793$1,093,9954Fox Searchlight
8Mud$131,52360%213-192$617$20,109,0869Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$101,52324%325-119$312$94,129,52811Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$55,27534%201-57$275$88,981,53510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$51,82749%177-24$293$98,552,97114FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,44237%139-31$255$122,233,83613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$32,49930%134-7$243$31,648,21511Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$28,23927%141-24$200$21,591,7019Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$16,52133%138-13$120$56,769,77719Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$52,76354%652$812$717,6684CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$19,28767%53-17$364$1,286,7269Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$18,13375%33-30$549$1,317,6517Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$13,143102%520$253$12,853,37962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Unfinished Song$12,540145%2--$6,270$17,6601Weinstein Company
6The Place Beyond the Pines$11,29224%53-23$213$21,374,11713Focus
7Pain and Gain$9,31626%50-20$186$49,326,1489Paramount
8The Sapphires$7,89657%29-10$272$2,353,82814Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,367-46%300$179$22,844,840116Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Quartet$4,76634%294$164$18,377,08524Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,90423%1-1$2,904$100,5883High Top Releasing
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,481187%8-6$310$487,2908eOne Films US
13Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,58229%17--$93$4,4311High Top Releasing
14Made in Cleveland$1,44332%5--$289$6,1341Striped Entertainment
15Not Today$1,1101%3-4$370$295,87611Freestyle Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$91670%3-3$305$44,7153eOne Films US
17Girl Rising$57054%16--$36$1,418,36716Gathr Films
18Tiger Eyes$4184%2-4$209$25,0413Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$68-59%1-1$68$324,91618Freestyle Releasing