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 Mon, Aug. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,845,504-61%3,110177$593$53,606,1292Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,436,383-58%3,445120$417$92,723,7013Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$917,979-64%3,378-338$272$60,517,8883Disney
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$902,731-63%3,118--$290$14,991,0901Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$808,471-63%1,551--$521$9,620,2611Focus
6Elysium$787,724-61%2,913-371$270$69,667,9423Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$632,248-59%2,437--$259$7,652,4441Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$552,891-63%2,730-350$203$48,974,0603Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$530,100-58%2,9455$180$23,056,5452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$429,114-49%1,852-497$232$63,009,4844Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$340,585-63%1,841-630$185$65,694,5804Universal
12Despicable Me 2$336,480-57%1,402-416$240$351,037,6158Universal
13Jobs$324,523-57%2,3810$136$12,333,8242Open Road
14The Wolverine$269,622-61%1,449-609$186$125,349,0855Fox
15The Conjuring$218,622-55%1,355-646$161$131,887,6146Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$150,842-53%2,4590$61$6,401,1352Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$79,468-59%15499$516$1,983,8804A24
2Grown Ups 2$73,277-63%620-621$118$129,018,5257Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$68,784-65%470-289$146$78,854,2296Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$57,532-54%409-282$141$156,450,2989Fox
5Pacific Rim$53,439-51%260-184$206$99,228,4197Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$49,702-51%302-155$165$18,677,7998Fox Searchlight
7World War Z$45,637-48%239-68$191$198,900,57810Paramount
8Now You See Me$40,103-58%246112$163$116,473,85313Lionsgate / Summit
9Red 2$36,657-59%389-326$94$51,641,7826Lionsgate / Summit
10Man of Steel$36,054-63%303-62$119$290,265,87611Warner Bros.
11Fruitvale Station$35,175-54%392-85$90$15,220,4247Weinstein Company
12Chennai Express$32,856-70%144-46$228$4,720,6083UTV Motion Pictures
13R.I.P.D.$17,005-68%179-24$95$32,748,5006Universal
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,247-50%144-66$106$227,393,09115Paramount
15Epic$6,128-74%115-53$53$107,362,73314Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$30,467-61%7538$406$763,2463Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$17,043-58%7--$2,435$149,6601Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,390-66%98-43$55$238,555,70014Universal
4Unfinished Song$3,315-40%27-16$123$1,614,56510Weinstein Company
5The Croods$2,793-78%69-45$40$187,076,49023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,308-28%27-9$85$4,254,56612Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,570-56%14--$112$17,1691Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$756-60%16-12$47$21,582,64218Roadside Attractions
9Stories We Tell$632-41%6-2$105$1,583,66516Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$575-58%2-2$288$29,1042Freestyle Releasing
11Girl Most Likely$290-6%1-1$290$1,376,4166Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$173-51%21$87$458,0582eOne Films US
13Pain and Gain$103-83%22-64$5$49,875,03618Paramount