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. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$2,948,258-7%3,2600$904$51,733,4851Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$2,443,579-10%3,284--$744$42,314,3061Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,006,009-6%3,702--$542$31,949,8681Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,413,909-10%3,031124$466$30,528,6581Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,132,692-15%3,8671$293$52,312,1892Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,014,380-12%3,0283$335$53,649,3452Universal
7The Wolverine$823,846-10%2,867-918$287$116,033,1563Fox
8Despicable Me 2$730,475-15%2,395-455$305$342,206,1206Universal
9The Conjuring$673,221-11%2,650-465$254$123,952,8704Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$363,549-18%2,102-750$173$125,685,4305Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$300,851-6%1,771-370$170$76,579,2804Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$199,965-19%1,351-363$148$154,591,6327Fox
13Red 2$187,075-16%1,574-1181$119$50,274,8914Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$181,160-14%980-823$185$97,676,4675Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$168,065-10%780-133$215$17,113,2406Fox Searchlight
3Fruitvale Station$136,294-15%828-258$165$14,119,5775Weinstein Company
4Chennai Express$117,091-30%19652$597$3,121,2001UTV Motion Pictures
5Monsters University$106,613-4%405-215$263$260,673,6048Disney
6Man of Steel$97,754-3%426122$229$289,121,5419Warner Bros.
7World War Z$87,165-11%505-407$173$197,866,1338Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$47,795-17%478-510$100$32,204,3254Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$40,4321%256-44$158$226,967,53213Paramount
10Epic$27,9469%222-23$126$107,092,76812Fox
11Now You See Me$20,370-18%143-63$142$115,846,02711Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$18,1255%191-39$95$238,358,26512Universal
13The Internship$15,349-2%136-27$113$44,485,68910Fox
14The Croods$15,001-1%142-23$106$186,917,81321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$14,3411%135-93$106$144,765,97914Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$27,783-10%1915$1,462$661,9272A24
2Unfinished Song$7,9642%53-15$150$1,541,0568Weinstein Company
3In a World...$7,425-12%3--$2,475$103,5571Roadside Attractions
4The To Do List$7,385-39%86-499$86$3,491,6693CBS Films
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$6,655-24%77-137$86$32,197,6756Lionsgate / Summit
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$5,201-30%53-5$98$4,196,89710Roadside Attractions
7The Hangover Part III$4,77387%46-57$104$112,200,07212Warner Bros.
8The Bling Ring$3,37919%401$84$5,818,7409A24
9Mud$3,3178%44-18$75$21,552,79516Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$1,4384%10-7$144$1,574,98514Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,226-32%19-1$65$49,809,71716Paramount
12Girl Most Likely$749-33%12-24$62$1,373,9744Roadside Attractions