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 Thu, Aug. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$4,710,550-31%3,260--$1,445$11,488,7830Warner Bros. / New Line
2Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,404,065-38%2,907--$1,171$8,857,0590Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,175,719-6%3,8660$563$37,143,5031Sony / Columbia
42 Guns$2,011,225-8%3,025--$665$37,388,9051Universal
5The Wolverine$1,824,277-8%3,785-139$482$103,986,1702Fox
6Despicable Me 2$1,382,250-5%2,850-441$485$332,566,1955Universal
7The Conjuring$1,273,354-6%3,11593$409$114,044,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
8Grown Ups 2$804,531-8%2,852-406$282$120,140,9314Sony / Columbia
9Turbo$704,937-12%2,141-1097$329$72,769,9543Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Red 2$458,032-7%2,755-261$166$47,411,2223Lionsgate / Summit
11Pacific Rim$446,078-13%1,803-799$247$95,229,5314Warner Bros.
12The Heat$440,712-6%1,714-422$257$151,615,9456Fox
13Fruitvale Station$277,634-2%1,08622$256$12,047,6604Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$286,392-6%91327$314$14,820,1885Fox Searchlight
2Chennai Express$196,016--144--$1,361$196,0160UTV Motion Pictures
3Monsters University$193,520-5%620-524$312$259,487,5167Disney
4World War Z$173,045-16%912-528$190$196,803,6327Paramount
5R.I.P.D.$133,380-18%988-1623$135$31,511,1953Universal
6Star Trek Into Darkness$65,781-4%300120$219$226,513,22612Paramount
7The Lone Ranger$52,095-5%408-420$128$87,054,3125Disney
8Man of Steel$52,0363%304-197$171$287,931,6638Warner Bros.
9Epic$44,7875%245-34$183$106,824,21211Fox
10The To Do List$37,142-3%585-6$63$3,377,5302CBS Films
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,7764%228-43$126$144,625,73913Warner Bros.
12Fast & Furious 6$28,7659%230-37$125$238,139,65511Universal
13The Croods$27,607-1%165-22$167$186,759,91620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Now You See Me$27,495-3%206-9$133$115,606,54010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Internship$24,3131%163-34$149$44,321,6949Fox
16Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$15,032-8%214-284$70$32,100,9675Lionsgate / Summit
17The Purge$11,895-5%132-25$90$64,473,1159Universal
18The Hangover Part III$5,324-10%103-44$52$112,166,66611Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$15,573-7%4--$3,893$268,1031A24
2Unfinished Song$11,751-9%68-14$173$1,456,0237Weinstein Company
3Mud$9,10516%621$147$21,506,02315Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$8,93441%58-13$154$4,128,8539Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$3,091-20%36-191$86$1,362,2533Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$2,731-10%395$70$5,789,4788A24
7Stories We Tell$2,081-17%173$122$1,563,65413Roadside Attractions
8Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,869-5%1--$1,869$47,44916Rialto Pictures
9Pain and Gain$1,28510%20-15$64$49,791,47915Paramount
10Kon-Tiki$1,273-25%9-5$141$1,517,41015Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$556-7%20$278$169,5016Brainstorm Media