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, Aug. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$3,171,471-24%3,2600$973$48,785,2271Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$2,720,361-31%3,284--$828$39,870,7271Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,134,828-31%3,702--$577$29,943,8591Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,563,771-36%3,031124$516$29,114,7491Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,327,640-36%3,8671$343$51,179,4972Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,150,640-28%3,0283$380$52,634,9652Universal
7The Wolverine$915,187-28%2,867-918$319$115,209,3103Fox
8Despicable Me 2$862,225-29%2,395-455$360$341,475,6456Universal
9The Conjuring$760,141-22%2,650-465$287$123,279,6494Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$441,031-29%2,102-750$210$125,321,8815Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$321,448-34%1,771-370$182$76,278,4294Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$247,442-21%1,351-363$183$154,391,6677Fox
13Red 2$223,449-21%1,574-1181$142$50,087,8164Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$211,034-24%980-823$215$97,495,3075Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$186,650-26%780-133$239$16,945,1756Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$166,153-34%196--$848$3,004,1091UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$160,823-19%828-258$194$13,983,2835Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$111,465-30%405-215$275$260,566,9918Disney
6Man of Steel$100,778-22%426122$237$289,023,7879Warner Bros.
7World War Z$98,088-20%505-407$194$197,778,9688Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$57,360-17%478-510$120$32,156,5304Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$39,996-12%256-44$156$226,927,10013Paramount
10Epic$25,710-18%222-23$116$107,064,82212Fox
11Now You See Me$24,802-18%143-63$173$115,825,65711Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$17,190-5%191-39$90$238,340,14012Universal
13The Internship$15,668-3%136-27$115$44,470,34010Fox
14The Croods$15,193-17%142-23$107$186,902,81221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$14,1907%135-93$105$144,751,63814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$30,708-11%1915$1,616$634,1442A24
2The To Do List$12,190-2%86-499$142$3,484,2843CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$8,725-15%77-137$113$32,191,0206Lionsgate / Summit
4In a World...$8,422-1%3--$2,807$96,1321Roadside Attractions
5Unfinished Song$7,801-11%53-15$147$1,533,0928Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,4261%53-5$140$4,191,69610Roadside Attractions
7Mud$3,085-24%44-18$70$21,549,47816Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$2,849-7%401$71$5,815,5979A24
9The Hangover Part III$2,548-13%46-57$55$112,195,29912Warner Bros.
10Pain and Gain$1,79923%19-1$95$49,808,49116Paramount
11Stories We Tell$1,385-16%10-7$139$1,573,54714Roadside Attractions
12Girl Most Likely$1,1208%12-24$93$1,373,2254Roadside Attractions