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 Sun, Jul. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$10,959,863-21%2,903--$3,775$41,855,3261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$7,410,800-26%3,820-183$1,940$276,006,3953Universal
3Turbo$6,177,242-27%3,806--$1,623$31,015,3841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$5,592,712-29%3,4910$1,602$79,388,0262Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$4,920,897-23%3,28510$1,498$68,282,5232Warner Bros.
6Red 2$4,806,655-30%3,016--$1,594$18,048,4221Lionsgate / Summit
7R.I.P.D.$3,265,540-29%2,852--$1,145$12,691,4151Universal
8The Heat$2,614,826-32%2,689-439$972$129,271,2244Fox
9Monsters University$1,554,750-24%2,186-956$711$249,114,1325Disney
10World War Z$1,533,955-27%2,066-937$742$186,932,6085Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$1,261,841-30%2,273-1631$555$81,291,2903Disney
12White House Down$664,026-35%1,454-1112$457$68,452,8754Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$570,094-23%1,050-1100$543$285,000,4746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$617,601-36%304225$2,032$4,592,8923Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$541,420-35%748-144$724$29,947,0173Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$342,899-29%622-772$551$94,429,9136Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$188,295-33%351--$536$694,4771Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$120,779-34%333-517$363$114,410,7088Lionsgate / Summit
6Star Trek Into Darkness$112,552-31%250-153$450$225,120,96610Paramount
7Epic$109,165-29%319-33$342$105,595,2019Fox
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$102,021-22%302177$338$143,664,02811Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$93,465-28%279-113$335$237,121,2259Universal
10The Internship$62,561-33%202-31$310$43,582,1227Fox
11After Earth$62,122-21%189-49$329$59,755,0508Sony / Columbia
12The Croods$61,850-27%212-31$292$186,039,19618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Purge$40,555-17%156-23$260$64,064,4107Universal
14The Hangover Part III$35,744-19%202-63$177$111,883,4479Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$224,982-21%3427$6,617$1,331,6972Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$43,944-29%95-43$463$3,832,5097Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$41,490-41%88-3$471$1,070,5465Weinstein Company
4Mud$26,356-39%77-36$342$21,240,34213Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$21,242-24%38-59$559$5,628,6116A24
6The Kings of Summer$12,079-21%35-21$345$1,290,2228CBS Films
7The East$10,384-33%31-40$335$2,209,5238Fox Searchlight
8Pain and Gain$9,575-19%70-80$137$49,735,74013Paramount
942 (2013)$9,242-29%85-20$109$95,001,34315Warner Bros.
10Copperhead$7,112-22%3631$198$145,2794Brainstorm Media
11Stories We Tell$6,659-15%22-6$303$1,516,40511Roadside Attractions
12Kon-Tiki$3,200-17%9-12$356$1,467,13813Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$1,04921%10-5$105$2,448,45518Weinstein Company
14Scary Movie 5$842-23%8-25$105$32,014,28915Weinstein / Dimension
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$771-69%41$193$516,71912eOne Films US
16Escape From Planet Earth$282-42%7-48$40$57,011,84723Weinstein Company
17Not Today$12-83%10$12$317,90315Freestyle Releasing