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, Jul. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$17,433,06530%4,0036$4,355$215,367,0252Universal
2Grown Ups 2$14,619,533-10%3,491--$4,188$30,931,3551Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$12,733,493-13%3,275--$3,888$27,296,4271Warner Bros.
4The Heat$5,720,65933%3,128-56$1,829$108,372,3223Fox
5The Lone Ranger$4,720,87535%3,9040$1,209$68,173,5122Disney
6Monsters University$4,304,70930%3,142-597$1,370$234,760,6244Disney
7World War Z$3,750,13035%3,003-313$1,249$174,195,1824Paramount
8White House Down$2,549,56736%2,566-656$994$61,236,5823Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$1,944,84143%2,150-755$905$279,477,8775Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$1,124,70631%1,394-710$807$90,774,0335Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,914,28619%89216$2,146$24,895,1212Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$555,75639%850-756$654$112,933,6867Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$295,93356%403-162$734$224,160,8339Paramount
4Fast & Furious 6$233,24033%392-225$595$236,394,0108Universal
5Epic$189,61327%352-76$539$104,730,0798Fox
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$112,32356%138-32$814$3,450,7086Roadside Attractions
7After Earth$108,10934%238-32$454$59,298,6677Sony / Columbia
8The Croods$102,24733%243-26$421$185,553,30917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Internship$90,07533%233-146$387$43,160,5516Fox
10The Hangover Part III$78,18929%265-73$295$111,590,3638Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$65,84236%125-60$527$143,164,59110Warner Bros.
12The Purge$64,44031%179-77$360$63,785,6456Universal
13Mud$60,16766%1132$532$21,030,97812Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$29,89449%150-20$199$49,638,15212Paramount
1542 (2013)$25,38837%105-77$242$94,910,90414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$480,55157%7960$6,083$1,530,5012Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$138,8009%7--$19,829$266,2451Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$107,26273%9121$1,179$714,9174Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$63,30837%97-62$653$5,409,7535A24
5The East$41,23961%71-31$581$2,099,0317Fox Searchlight
6The Kings of Summer$30,32746%565$542$1,185,8447CBS Films
7Scary Movie 5$29,89436%33-10$906$31,930,03314Weinstein / Dimension
8Escape From Planet Earth$23,21830%55-7$422$56,937,16522Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$10,56367%281$377$1,475,28910Roadside Attractions
10Kon-Tiki$7,72146%21-3$368$1,436,27412Weinstein Company
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,77243%41-22$165$122,505,75116Paramount
12The Sapphires$3,59822%150$240$2,436,07217Weinstein Company
13Copperhead$2,217150%5-10$443$118,1773Brainstorm Media
14Revelation Road 2$2,023124%5--$405$2,9261Freestyle Releasing
15Not Today$1,97054%1-1$1,970$316,39314Freestyle Releasing
16Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,524-21%15--$102$3,4601Anchor Bay Films
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,47412%31$491$506,98011eOne Films US