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 Fri, Aug. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$8,868,530--2,735--$3,243$8,868,5301Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,620,610111%3,330220$1,087$62,885,7163Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$3,151,568150%3,4450$915$100,103,4864Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$1,713,181126%3,259-119$526$64,800,8514Disney
5Elysium$1,591,421119%2,539-374$627$73,695,1504Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,445,178113%3,1180$463$18,899,3622Sony / Screen Gems
7Getaway$1,430,885--2,130--$672$1,430,8851Warner Bros.
8The World's End$1,340,984110%1,5532$863$13,150,2182Focus
9You're Next$1,144,035133%2,4370$469$10,483,7432Lionsgate
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$994,327130%2,393-337$416$51,534,3464Fox
112 Guns$649,060116%1,411-430$460$67,358,9655Universal
12Despicable Me 2$597,060128%1,284-118$465$352,535,8509Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$518,49026%1,646-1299$315$25,047,5353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$404,35237%1,366-486$296$64,558,5885Sony / Columbia
15Monsters University$303,541--1,889--$161$262,305,85511Disney
16Jobs$303,00019%1,302-1079$233$13,567,3233Open Road
17World War Z$280,259662%1,2471008$225$199,304,09011Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,928,863--348--$5,543$1,928,8631Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$747,998184%870--$860$1,259,8441Focus
3The Grandmaster$741,3275072%749742$990$937,3712Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$430,465102%988-461$436$126,539,3476Fox
5The Conjuring$360,120104%903-452$399$132,833,0307Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$309,809130%385231$805$2,652,0885A24
7Pacific Rim$189,043319%401141$471$99,566,0948Warner Bros.
8Grown Ups 2$185,622210%471-149$394$129,409,7798Sony / Columbia
9The Way, Way Back$175,797290%654352$269$18,996,3709Fox Searchlight
10Star Trek Into Darkness$170,834923%958814$178$227,611,64416Paramount
11Turbo$165,163178%438-32$377$79,212,6467Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$156,586218%393-16$398$156,782,24310Fox
13Now You See Me$100,500146%239-7$421$116,698,34514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$90,952181%261-128$348$51,837,0487Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$69,003115%284-19$243$290,429,08512Warner Bros.
16White House Down$56,869--206-23$276$72,586,63110Sony / Columbia
17R.I.P.D.$55,205194%1812$305$32,858,3007Universal
18Paranoia$49,463-63%392-2067$126$6,910,9273Relativity Media
19Fruitvale Station$48,70632%294-98$166$15,381,8788Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$115,420--83--$1,391$115,4201UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$80,716144%9116$887$944,1864Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$51,27593%93-51$551$4,886,0704UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$20,126--34-4$592$96,825,48012Sony / Columbia
5Fast & Furious 6$14,455195%59-39$245$238,586,34515Universal
6Passion$10,269--14--$734$10,2691eOne Films US
7Epic$8,91838%80-35$111$107,392,94515Fox
8Afternoon Delight$8,477--2--$4,239$8,4771The Film Arcade
9The Croods$6,44687%45-24$143$187,093,51624Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,777--21$889$25,7966Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$1,761-52%17-10$104$1,627,74911Weinstein Company
12Savannah$997-24%5-9$199$22,6472Ketchup Entertainment
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$735-71%13-14$57$4,262,94113Roadside Attractions
14Mud$563-44%6-10$94$21,585,82519Roadside Attractions
15The Last Flight of the Champion$532--15--$35$5321High Top Releasing
16Underdogs (2013)$4299%1-1$429$31,0373Freestyle Releasing
17Inch'Allah$36623%20$183$459,0893eOne Films US
18Stories We Tell$268-40%4-2$67$1,585,15817Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$1467%10$146$1,377,1617Roadside Attractions