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 Thu, Aug. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$4,356,891-16%3,866--$1,127$9,560,8710Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,327,4530%3,924--$1,103$73,313,8501Fox
3The Conjuring$2,582,1964%3,022119$854$94,929,7532Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,320,1558%3,291-529$705$316,277,4654Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,590,5995%3,258-233$488$108,250,2063Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,523,6145%3,238-568$471$63,078,6432Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,081,7282%3,0160$359$39,503,1392Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$989,0484%2,602-683$380$88,390,7183Warner Bros.
9The Heat$844,3921%2,136-553$395$144,841,0625Fox
10R.I.P.D.$757,190-3%2,611-241$290$28,072,2402Universal
11Fruitvale Station$453,205-1%1,0641030$426$8,251,9043Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$371,1022%1,144-1042$324$257,161,6916Disney
13World War Z$293,8110%1,440-626$204$194,073,9626Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$450,0654%886582$508$10,822,3274Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$189,050-6%591--$320$2,462,8641CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$158,6342%828-1445$192$86,104,7074Disney
4Man of Steel$92,4585%501-549$185$287,214,8237Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,2300%516-938$169$71,077,9535Sony / Columbia
6Epic$59,8032%279-40$214$106,422,57710Fox
7This Is The End$58,741-4%223-399$263$95,900,4227Sony / Columbia
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$52,774-8%498-250$106$31,761,4434Lionsgate / Summit
9Now You See Me$47,2658%215-118$220$115,168,1369Lionsgate / Summit
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,3650%271-31$164$144,333,50112Warner Bros.
11Fast & Furious 6$44,0553%267-12$165$237,791,13010Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$35,5245%180-70$197$225,744,02711Paramount
13The Croods$31,665-3%187-25$169$186,510,21119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,3100%197-5$159$44,047,5128Fox
15Girl Most Likely$21,8975%227-124$96$1,308,1612Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$16,555-4%1571$105$64,333,9058Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,9465%147-55$74$112,061,38410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,096-6%82-6$172$1,321,3076Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,93412%71-24$182$4,044,8418Roadside Attractions
3Mud$8,799-9%61-16$144$21,411,23314Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,63710%34-4$166$5,750,3607A24
5Kon-Tiki$4,02113%145$287$1,503,01514Weinstein Company
6The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,63139%1--$2,631$15,9701Rialto Pictures
7Pain and Gain$2,54812%35-35$73$49,777,70614Paramount
8The East$2,4014%20-11$120$2,254,9019Fox Searchlight
9Stories We Tell$86515%14-8$62$1,542,42012Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$372-13%2-34$186$163,3245Brainstorm Media