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 Wed, Jul. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$5,203,980--3,866--$1,346$5,203,9800Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,339,978-27%3,924--$1,106$68,986,3971Fox
3The Conjuring$2,488,067-17%3,022119$823$92,347,5572Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,139,150-22%3,291-529$650$313,957,3104Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,520,570-16%3,258-233$467$106,659,6073Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,451,381-33%3,238-568$448$61,555,0292Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,064,821-19%3,0160$353$38,421,4112Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$955,576-23%2,602-683$367$87,401,6703Warner Bros.
9The Heat$836,777-16%2,136-553$392$143,996,6705Fox
10R.I.P.D.$783,335-30%2,611-241$300$27,315,0502Universal
11Fruitvale Station$459,493-17%1,0641030$432$7,798,6993Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$365,419-29%1,144-1042$319$256,790,5896Disney
13World War Z$293,825-33%1,440-626$204$193,780,1516Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$431,483-6%886582$487$10,372,2624Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$201,170-22%591--$340$2,273,8141CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$155,782-38%828-1445$188$85,946,0734Disney
4Man of Steel$88,288-28%501-549$176$287,122,3657Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,546-39%516-938$170$70,990,7235Sony / Columbia
6This Is The End$61,229-29%223-399$275$95,841,6817Sony / Columbia
7Epic$58,730-9%279-40$211$106,362,77410Fox
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$57,398-33%498-250$115$31,708,6694Lionsgate / Summit
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,320-5%271-31$164$144,289,13612Warner Bros.
10Now You See Me$43,592-18%215-118$203$115,120,8719Lionsgate / Summit
11Fast & Furious 6$42,695-9%267-12$160$237,747,07510Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$33,928-12%180-70$188$225,708,50311Paramount
13The Croods$32,666-6%187-25$175$186,478,54619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,433-2%197-5$160$44,016,2028Fox
15Girl Most Likely$20,895-18%227-124$92$1,286,2642Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$17,2250%1571$110$64,317,3508Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,425-8%147-55$71$112,050,43810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,9656%82-6$183$1,307,2116Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,558-12%77-18$150$4,031,9078Roadside Attractions
3Mud$9,631-13%73-4$132$21,402,43414Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,141-28%34-4$151$5,744,7237A24
5Kon-Tiki$3,5460%145$253$1,498,99414Weinstein Company
6The East$2,29813%20-11$115$2,252,5009Fox Searchlight
7Pain and Gain$2,278-8%35-35$65$49,775,15814Paramount
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,8979%1--$1,897$13,3391Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$751-24%14-8$54$1,541,55512Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$427-26%2-34$214$162,9525Brainstorm Media