Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$24,546,980-30%3,956--$6,205$59,557,6450Universal
2The Lone Ranger$9,853,0432%3,904--$2,524$19,504,1610Disney
3The Heat$6,403,42922%3,181--$2,013$61,495,2881Fox
4Monsters University$5,228,602-3%3,739-265$1,398$196,537,6322Disney
5World War Z$4,355,3588%3,405-202$1,279$140,580,6752Paramount
6White House Down$3,512,10132%3,222--$1,090$37,006,7631Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$3,015,17028%2,965-1242$1,017$259,774,1533Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$1,141,090-7%2,104-951$542$79,804,1533Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$673,12735%1,606-1217$419$107,645,4125Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,586,788-46%876--$2,953$7,360,7040Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$323,18745%660-905$490$221,754,5637Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$212,660-5%686-1731$310$234,415,1106Universal
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$153,58449%22216$692$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
5Iron Man 3$122,7992%294-630$418$405,929,3199Disney
6Epic$100,6111%341-1653$295$103,531,3336Fox
7The Internship$95,10717%367-1549$259$42,302,8034Fox
8The Croods$91,10213%288-36$316$184,782,84615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9After Earth$86,17628%270-896$319$58,504,7045Sony / Columbia
10The Bling Ring$79,1772%159-491$498$4,797,1173A24
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$66,13828%185-177$358$142,623,6188Warner Bros.
12The Hangover Part III$61,82815%338-192$183$110,903,5456Warner Bros.
13The East$58,93466%122-73$483$1,800,8225Fox Searchlight
14The Purge$55,955-3%361-1840$155$63,230,4104Universal
15Mud$45,81784%168-45$273$20,699,00010Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$38,17654%182-143$210$94,691,65912Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$21,78027%170120$128$49,402,28910Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$19,01146%165-12$115$98,834,31215FilmDistrict
19Scary Movie 5$6,423-9%122-12$53$31,850,58212Weinstein / Dimension
20Escape From Planet Earth$5,53124%101-37$55$56,876,26420Weinstein Company
21The Big Wedding$4,58657%101-40$45$21,819,34810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$26,826113%1917$1,412$195,2202Weinstein Company
2The Kings of Summer$22,39965%48-17$467$987,9365CBS Films
3Copperhead$11,09641%59--$188$94,8341Brainstorm Media
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,15039%85-54$119$122,442,08614Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,10455%300$270$22,918,279117Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Ghanchakkar$7,533-7%89--$85$188,4171UTV Motion Pictures
7Stories We Tell$7,51152%23-10$327$1,405,4718Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,46863%34-19$190$1,381,65610Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$4,36938%18-11$243$2,408,63215Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$4,325-7%520$83$12,947,89263Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Redemption (2013)$3,551107%19--$187$31,1471Roadside Attractions
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,75615%1--$1,756$37,13811Rialto Pictures
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$408-27%6-2$68$499,5179eOne Films US
14Not Today$228-53%52$46$312,46312Freestyle Releasing
15Detention of the Dead$1729%2--$86$1,7781Anchor Bay Films
16The Stroller Strategy$8857%1--$88$3,4623Rialto Premieres
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$44--1-16$44$6,9052High Top Releasing
18Lost and Found in Armenia$34-86%21$17$119,9884High Top Releasing