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, Aug. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$7,199,500-27%3,025--$2,380$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$6,217,919-28%3,9240$1,585$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$4,920,376-31%3,866--$1,273$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$3,552,439-31%3,11593$1,140$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$2,886,300-31%3,207-269$900$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$2,150,772-35%3,075-183$699$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,793,743-30%2,985-824$601$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$1,591,385-32%2,755-261$578$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9Pacific Rim$1,403,194-22%1,803-799$778$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
10The Heat$1,239,678-38%2,074-310$598$149,464,9576Fox
11Fruitvale Station$750,119-32%1,08622$691$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
12The Way, Way Back$711,018-41%1,001115$710$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
13R.I.P.D.$706,745-28%1,703-1147$415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$548,436-26%912-528$601$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$427,828-26%879-591$487$258,565,2387Disney
3The To Do List$188,885-22%585-6$323$3,094,9652CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$187,529-31%553-714$339$86,765,3525Disney
5White House Down$160,038-25%353-323$453$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$143,762-26%300120$479$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$139,086-27%304-197$458$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$122,2446%168-102$728$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$114,2382%206-9$555$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
10Fast & Furious 6$72,450-21%230-37$315$238,019,99011Universal
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$66,429-36%214-284$310$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12The Internship$65,2597%172-25$379$44,221,6669Fox
13Epic$64,752-30%255-34$254$106,648,83311Fox
14The Hangover Part III$53,760229%103-44$522$112,142,86011Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$52,343-26%228-43$230$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16After Earth$40,606-18%146-21$278$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
17The Croods$40,519-28%162-32$250$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The Purge$27,720-22%132-25$210$64,423,6509Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$58,232-16%4--$14,558$197,4151A24
2Unfinished Song$24,338-34%68-14$358$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$17,055-24%58-19$294$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
4Mud$17,012-36%62-11$274$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$9,820-46%36-191$273$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$6,313-38%395$162$5,773,3538A24
7Stories We Tell$3,779-38%173$222$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$2,954-16%9-5$328$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$2,886-17%20-15$144$49,786,46215Paramount
10Copperhead$1,030-36%20$515$167,2966Brainstorm Media