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 Sun, Jul. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$14,266,349-22%3,924--$3,636$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$6,438,531-24%3,022119$2,131$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$5,161,860-19%3,476-344$1,485$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$4,168,318-23%3,8093$1,094$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$3,320,552-27%3,258-233$1,019$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$2,753,774-29%3,0160$913$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$2,435,013-20%2,602-683$936$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$1,963,512-31%2,384-305$824$141,309,4085Fox
9R.I.P.D.$1,767,000-27%2,850-2$620$24,565,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$1,361,095-24%1,0641030$1,279$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$952,680-13%1,470-716$648$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$854,197-25%1,440-626$593$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$491,832-30%1,267-1006$388$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,049,632-26%886582$1,185$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$451,829-16%591--$765$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$245,128-38%676-778$363$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$227,573-26%501-549$454$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$195,919-34%498-250$393$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$161,019-17%270-352$596$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
7Fast & Furious 6$93,450-27%267-12$350$237,614,90510Universal
8Epic$91,031-29%289-30$315$106,189,99310Fox
9Now You See Me$83,478-30%215-118$388$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$77,653-26%271-31$287$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
11Star Trek Into Darkness$70,103-38%180-70$389$225,602,79611Paramount
12The Internship$57,520-29%197-5$292$43,923,1718Fox
13Girl Most Likely$56,994-29%227-124$251$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
14After Earth$52,774-22%167-22$316$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
15The Croods$51,421-30%194-18$265$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Purge$36,110-22%1571$230$64,265,6208Universal
17The Hangover Part III$20,414-25%147-55$139$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$33,579-29%82-6$410$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,507-19%77-18$318$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
3Mud$21,848-36%73-4$299$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$18,584-1%34-4$547$5,726,5067A24
5The East$5,051-46%20-11$253$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
6Pain and Gain$4,985-16%35-35$142$49,768,38714Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$4,90620%145$350$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,466-26%1--$2,466$7,8591Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$1,85634%14-8$133$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$869-17%2-34$435$161,5155Brainstorm Media