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, Jul. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$5,644,230-57%4,0036$1,410$234,021,0052Universal
2Grown Ups 2$4,759,943-55%3,491--$1,363$46,268,5151Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$4,057,108-59%3,275--$1,239$41,342,4331Warner Bros.
4The Heat$1,768,845-56%3,128-56$565$114,134,4023Fox
5Monsters University$1,518,056-50%3,142-597$483$239,289,0594Disney
6The Lone Ranger$1,406,510-57%3,9040$360$72,873,8022Disney
7World War Z$1,217,477-56%3,003-313$405$178,189,2594Paramount
8White House Down$752,815-57%2,566-656$293$63,728,3813Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$592,243-58%2,150-755$275$281,481,2055Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$424,552-51%1,394-710$305$92,063,5635Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$505,192-59%89216$566$26,637,6532Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$184,667-51%850-756$217$113,496,5337Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$98,296-51%403-162$244$224,459,2019Paramount
4Epic$74,949-47%352-76$213$104,947,2428Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$66,640-52%392-225$170$236,599,8108Universal
6The Croods$42,893-44%243-26$177$185,672,99417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7After Earth$41,601-51%238-32$175$59,425,1757Sony / Columbia
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$32,454-57%138-32$235$3,559,2806Roadside Attractions
9The Internship$31,668-47%233-146$136$43,252,3736Fox
10The Hangover Part III$28,909-53%265-73$109$111,680,5168Warner Bros.
11The Purge$26,850-44%179-77$150$63,860,8256Universal
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,950-54%125-60$200$143,243,72610Warner Bros.
13Mud$17,184-57%1132$152$21,087,76512Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$10,652-57%150-20$71$49,673,80912Paramount
1542 (2013)$9,220-46%105-77$88$94,937,07014Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$121,030-64%7960$1,532$1,987,3662Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$53,383-56%7--$7,626$439,6741Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$25,878-63%9121$284$811,0644Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$23,432-52%97-62$242$5,481,5845A24
5Scary Movie 5$13,141-53%33-10$398$31,971,08514Weinstein / Dimension
6Escape From Planet Earth$10,747-49%55-7$195$56,968,79822Weinstein Company
7The East$10,485-61%71-31$148$2,136,5757Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$9,794-53%565$175$1,216,5057CBS Films
9Kon-Tiki$2,925-67%21-3$139$1,447,95912Weinstein Company
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,811-55%41-22$69$122,514,86316Paramount
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,42667%20$1,213$510,84511eOne Films US
12Stories We Tell$2,274-74%281$81$1,486,34810Roadside Attractions
13The Sapphires$1,598-50%150$107$2,440,85117Weinstein Company
14Pawn Shop Chronicles$644-56%15--$43$5,5681Anchor Bay Films
15Copperhead$402-58%5-10$80$119,5453Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$256-68%5--$51$3,9781Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$199-74%1-1$199$317,36414Freestyle Releasing