Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Aug. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,561,00354%3,330220$1,670$68,446,7193Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$4,553,79644%3,4450$1,322$104,657,2824Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$4,039,044-54%2,735--$1,477$12,907,5741Sony / TriStar
4Planes$3,014,89676%3,259-119$925$67,815,7474Disney
5Elysium$2,332,04147%2,539-374$918$76,027,1914Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,066,45943%3,1180$663$20,965,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$1,807,89935%1,5532$1,164$14,958,1172Focus
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,733,01974%2,393-337$724$53,267,3654Fox
9Getaway$1,586,24111%2,130--$745$3,017,1261Warner Bros.
10You're Next$1,491,87530%2,4370$612$11,975,6182Lionsgate
11Despicable Me 2$1,072,04580%1,284-118$835$353,607,8959Universal
122 Guns$952,42547%1,411-430$675$68,311,3905Universal
13The Smurfs 2$777,41592%1,366-486$569$65,336,0035Sony / Columbia
14Kick-Ass 2$707,78037%1,646-1299$430$25,755,3153Universal
15Monsters University$600,08998%1,889--$318$262,905,94411Disney
16World War Z$489,85175%1,2471008$393$199,793,94111Paramount
17Jobs$448,01648%1,302-1079$344$14,015,3393Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,784,84844%348--$8,002$4,713,7111Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$904,77021%870--$1,040$2,164,6141Focus
3The Grandmaster$874,87818%749742$1,168$1,812,2492Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$635,41948%988-461$643$127,174,7666Fox
5The Conjuring$526,35746%903-452$583$133,359,3877Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$404,82131%385231$1,051$3,056,9095A24
7Turbo$307,44086%438-32$702$79,520,0867Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$295,12456%401141$736$99,861,2188Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$289,84270%958814$303$227,901,48616Paramount
10Grown Ups 2$288,87456%471-149$613$129,698,6538Sony / Columbia
11The Way, Way Back$278,29258%654352$426$19,274,6629Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$246,75258%393-16$628$157,028,99510Fox
13Now You See Me$140,12039%239-7$586$116,838,46514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$133,82347%261-128$513$51,970,8717Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$110,67760%284-19$390$290,539,76212Warner Bros.
16R.I.P.D.$90,49564%1812$500$32,948,7957Universal
17White House Down$90,03258%206-23$437$72,676,66310Sony / Columbia
18Fruitvale Station$71,27346%294-98$242$15,453,1518Weinstein Company
19Paranoia$64,21830%392-2067$164$6,975,1453Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$147,44628%83--$1,776$262,8661UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$128,57959%9116$1,413$1,072,7654Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$86,31768%93-51$928$4,972,3874UTV Motion Pictures
4Fast & Furious 6$37,465159%59-39$635$238,623,81015Universal
5This Is The End$29,94449%34-4$881$96,855,42412Sony / Columbia
6Epic$19,577120%80-35$245$107,412,52215Fox
7Passion$12,69624%14--$907$22,9651eOne Films US
8The Croods$11,68981%45-24$260$187,105,20524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Afternoon Delight$9,60413%2--$4,802$18,0811The Film Arcade
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,04071%21$1,520$28,8366Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$2,54444%17-10$150$1,630,29311Weinstein Company
12Underdogs (2013)$960124%1-1$960$31,9973Freestyle Releasing
13Savannah$907-9%5-9$181$23,5542Ketchup Entertainment
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$85416%13-14$66$4,263,79513Roadside Attractions
15Inch'Allah$837129%20$419$459,9263eOne Films US
16Mud$80543%6-10$134$21,586,63019Roadside Attractions
17The Last Flight of the Champion$457-14%15--$30$9891High Top Releasing
18Stories We Tell$39949%4-2$100$1,585,55717Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$26380%10$263$1,377,4247Roadside Attractions