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. 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