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 Tue, Aug. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,054,40713%2,933--$1,041$30,396,1241Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$2,458,24713%3,32565$739$74,332,0052Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$1,855,42219%3,2840$565$59,417,8392Sony / TriStar
4Planes$1,600,94013%3,71614$431$48,356,2072Disney
5Kick-Ass 2$1,558,20013%2,940--$530$16,272,9301Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,222,96421%3,08049$397$41,512,5942Fox
7The Smurfs 2$873,96842%2,349-1518$372$58,571,1363Sony / Columbia
82 Guns$778,36521%2,471-557$315$60,877,0203Universal
9Jobs$701,0116%2,381--$294$8,077,5121Open Road
10The Wolverine$655,64623%2,058-809$319$121,738,9564Fox
11Despicable Me 2$581,76010%1,818-577$320$347,223,8357Universal
12The Conjuring$522,1408%2,001-649$261$128,844,3555Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$449,98924%2,459--$183$4,342,2951Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$197,84412%1,241-861$159$127,767,7226Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$137,5753%759-1012$181$77,929,1315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Pacific Rim$119,31016%444-536$269$98,612,0276Warner Bros.
3The Heat$114,55817%691-660$166$155,685,5578Fox
4Chennai Express$108,63879%190-6$572$4,183,8262UTV Motion Pictures
5The Way, Way Back$96,5201%457-323$211$18,042,7097Fox Searchlight
6Red 2$92,93818%715-859$130$51,132,7925Lionsgate / Summit
7Fruitvale Station$72,51711%477-351$152$14,777,7596Weinstein Company
8World War Z$66,64214%307-198$217$198,428,7159Paramount
9Man of Steel$66,52810%365-61$182$289,760,85710Warner Bros.
10R.I.P.D.$30,45015%203-275$150$32,480,4055Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$29,56512%210-46$141$227,217,75014Paramount
12Now You See Me$28,56929%134-9$213$116,049,29712Lionsgate / Summit
13Epic$18,29323%168-54$109$107,246,74313Fox
14The Croods$11,47629%114-28$101$187,013,17922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Fast & Furious 6$11,2807%141-50$80$238,476,00013Universal
16The Internship$9,1851%100-36$92$44,571,33311Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$54,7342%5536$995$1,183,5403A24
2In a World...$31,51317%3734$852$390,0502Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,546-1%88-47$74$144,825,92315Warner Bros.
4Unfinished Song$5,43637%43-10$126$1,581,8729Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,88650%36-17$136$4,228,51011Roadside Attractions
6Pain and Gain$4,733-6%8667$55$49,857,69417Paramount
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,227-10%32-45$101$32,237,7347Lionsgate / Summit
8Mud$2,30235%28-16$82$21,570,68417Roadside Attractions
9The Bling Ring$1,23635%18-22$69$5,826,67610A24
10Underdogs (2013)$1,008-39%4--$252$21,3851Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$763-34%8-2$95$1,578,63315Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$250-2%1--$250$455,6871eOne Films US
13Girl Rising$100-97%7--$14$1,517,23824Gathr Films
14Girl Most Likely$87-36%2-10$44$1,374,8885Roadside Attractions