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 Sat, Jul. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$18,191,631-12%3,924--$4,636$38,847,4031Fox
2The Conjuring$8,440,55615%3,022119$2,793$77,506,4862Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$6,395,84031%3,476-344$1,840$301,650,8604Universal
4Turbo$5,437,84432%3,8093$1,428$52,014,9272Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$4,563,35623%3,258-233$1,401$98,444,0303Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$3,857,51842%3,0160$1,279$32,257,7792Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$3,062,51939%2,602-683$1,177$81,754,5523Warner Bros.
8The Heat$2,849,96936%2,384-305$1,195$139,345,8965Fox
9R.I.P.D.$2,408,27527%2,850-2$845$22,798,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$1,781,58923%1,0641030$1,674$4,911,4403Weinstein Company
11World War Z$1,134,43140%1,440-626$788$191,806,0346Paramount
12Monsters University$1,096,24336%1,470-716$746$254,514,3466Disney
13The Lone Ranger$703,44444%1,267-1006$555$84,829,5984Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,417,32445%886582$1,600$8,027,6234Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$537,371-9%591--$909$1,127,5731CBS Films
3White House Down$393,10343%676-778$582$70,393,4895Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$308,47845%501-549$616$286,579,9327Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$294,79324%498-250$592$31,285,5134Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$193,53930%270-352$717$95,456,7917Sony / Columbia
7Fast & Furious 6$128,16043%267-12$480$237,521,45510Universal
8Epic$127,78435%289-30$442$106,098,96210Fox
9Now You See Me$118,67040%215-118$552$114,897,2619Lionsgate / Summit
10Star Trek Into Darkness$113,67372%180-70$632$225,532,69311Paramount
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$105,15025%271-31$388$144,077,76612Warner Bros.
12The Internship$80,79728%197-5$410$43,865,6518Fox
13Girl Most Likely$80,28948%227-124$354$1,159,4722Roadside Attractions
14The Croods$73,61736%194-18$379$186,332,35619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15After Earth$67,64745%167-22$405$59,994,6339Sony / Columbia
16The Purge$46,31531%1571$295$64,229,5108Universal
17The Hangover Part III$27,14040%147-55$185$111,997,04010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$47,28944%82-6$577$1,233,0206Weinstein Company
2Mud$34,06254%73-4$467$21,350,67414Roadside Attractions
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$30,27653%77-18$393$3,972,2398Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$18,83251%34-4$554$5,707,9227A24
5The East$9,27551%20-11$464$2,240,9479Fox Searchlight
6Pain and Gain$5,93750%35-35$170$49,763,40214Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$4,080-14%145$291$1,482,85014Weinstein Company
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,32861%1--$3,328$5,3931Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$1,383-6%14-8$99$1,537,10212Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$1,05022%2-34$525$160,6465Brainstorm Media