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 Sun, Sep. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$4,847,216-46%3,260--$1,487$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$2,669,014-59%3,155106$846$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$1,674,944-48%3,0910$542$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,094,668-48%2,008--$545$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,005,951-54%3,003-235$335$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,002,141-51%2,931-308$342$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$997,260-39%3,022-95$330$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$787,861-43%2,446-293$322$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$476,615-47%1,473-165$324$64,248,0827Fox
10Despicable Me 2$391,560-43%1,004-2$390$360,730,82012Universal
11Elysium$371,070-46%1,392-328$267$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
12One Direction: This Is Us$291,343-45%1,706-594$171$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$164,233-47%1,047-529$157$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,917,179-9%97845$1,960$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,059,737-17%318--$3,333$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3The Smurfs 2$170,069-38%596-97$285$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
4The World's End$168,079-50%833-410$202$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$154,160-49%752-156$205$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$129,243-46%269--$480$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$115,556-46%462-78$250$130,884,9169Fox
8Turbo$112,409-45%333-20$338$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$92,312-53%561-115$165$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$92,074-49%571-199$161$6,402,1368A24
11This Is The End$80,397-44%527-806$153$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
12The Grandmaster$68,432-36%473-232$145$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
13The Heat$58,152-57%310-26$188$158,674,18013Fox
14Grown Ups 2$53,676-58%258-36$208$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
15In a World...$51,314-57%1440$356$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
16World War Z$49,501-43%203-77$244$202,136,14514Paramount
17Salinger$48,612-39%138134$352$358,1073Weinstein Company
18Pacific Rim$47,929-41%202-52$237$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
19Getaway$47,405-48%515-863$92$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
20The Way, Way Back$45,490-58%324-97$140$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
21You're Next$42,870-56%532-578$81$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22Kick-Ass 2$27,135-40%201-142$135$28,751,7156Universal
23Jobs$26,650-31%152-87$175$16,052,6286Open Road
24R.I.P.D.$26,425-44%151-13$175$33,592,41510Universal
25Red 2$21,519-52%178-31$121$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
26The Ultimate Life$20,923-52%184-228$114$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
27Now You See Me$19,755-47%133-38$149$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$11,356-44%103-34$110$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$9,006-46%105-308$86$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$60,630-45%4--$15,158$286,5341Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$49,634-31%5--$9,927$187,2891Universal
3Paranoia$13,492-49%8817$153$7,329,4316Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$7,418-47%20--$371$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,366-42%205$368$106,2473Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$5,681-40%20-10$284$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,689-29%3--$1,563$15,3871Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,39510%184$244$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
9Unfinished Song$2,916-50%236$127$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
10Satyagraha$1,323-51%9-26$147$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$1,031-58%12-27$86$174,4964The Film Arcade
12Passion$406-42%4-8$102$91,1864eOne Films US
13Savannah$404-6%4-2$101$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
14Jayne Mansfield's Car$397-56%6-5$66$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$14558%1--$145$4411Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$75-89%51$15$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions