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. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,716,010-3%3,110177$552$59,265,1062Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,262,339-4%3,445120$366$96,951,9183Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$757,003-7%3,378-338$224$63,087,6703Disney
4Elysium$727,700-2%2,913-371$250$72,103,7293Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$679,420-4%3,11872$218$17,454,1841Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$638,599-4%1,551--$412$11,809,2341Focus
7You're Next$491,553-4%2,437--$202$9,339,7081Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$432,157-9%2,730-142$158$50,540,0193Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$412,300-3%2,9455$140$24,529,0452Universal
102 Guns$300,730-3%1,769-441$170$66,709,9054Universal
11The Smurfs 2$295,812-16%1,852-262$160$64,154,2364Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$262,200-9%1,311-253$200$351,938,7908Universal
13Jobs$255,011-14%2,3810$107$13,264,3202Open Road
14The Wolverine$213,047-8%1,449-266$147$126,108,8825Fox
15The Conjuring$176,225-3%1,355-646$130$132,472,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$133,117-6%2,4590$54$6,861,4642Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Closed Circuit$263,1426%862--$305$511,8460Focus
2The Spectacular Now$134,468-5%345290$390$2,342,2794A24
3Grown Ups 2$59,797-9%620-396$96$129,224,1577Sony / Columbia
4Turbo$59,457-5%470-114$127$79,047,4836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$49,289-18%409-145$121$156,625,6579Fox
6Pacific Rim$45,1717%260-184$174$99,377,0517Warner Bros.
7The Way, Way Back$45,0791%302-128$149$18,820,5738Fox Searchlight
8Now You See Me$40,9317%246112$166$116,597,84513Lionsgate / Summit
9Fruitvale Station$36,9055%392-85$94$15,333,1727Weinstein Company
10World War Z$36,762-8%239-68$154$199,023,83110Paramount
11Red 2$32,4162%389-326$83$51,746,0966Lionsgate / Summit
12Man of Steel$32,08410%303-62$106$290,360,08211Warner Bros.
13Chennai Express$26,550-10%144-46$184$4,834,7953UTV Motion Pictures
14R.I.P.D.$18,79517%179-2$105$32,803,0956Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$16,7009%144-66$116$227,440,81015Paramount
16Epic$6,450-1%115-53$56$107,384,02714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$33,0474%7538$441$863,4703Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$14,334-8%7--$2,048$196,0441Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$4,905-9%98-43$50$238,571,89014Universal
4Girl Rising$4,51093%1-6$4,510$1,533,33825Gathr Films
5Unfinished Song$3,654-17%27-16$135$1,625,98810Weinstein Company
6The Croods$3,4562%69-45$50$187,087,07023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,57026%27-9$95$4,262,20612Roadside Attractions
8Savannah$1,314-20%14--$94$21,6501Ketchup Entertainment
9Mud$1,00645%16-12$63$21,585,26218Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$44734%6-2$75$1,584,89016Roadside Attractions
11Underdogs (2013)$393-18%2-2$197$30,6082Freestyle Releasing
12Inch'Allah$29854%21$149$458,7232eOne Films US
13Girl Most Likely$136-54%1-1$136$1,377,0156Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$75-10%22-64$3$49,875,29118Paramount