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, Oct. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,560,227--3,336--$3,765$12,560,2271Paramount
2Gravity$6,080,294167%3,707-113$1,640$185,594,6554Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$3,624,051173%3,143123$1,153$61,898,0943Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$3,130,082--3,044--$1,028$3,130,0821Fox
5Carrie (2013)$1,955,856132%3,1570$620$22,077,2112Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,640,373235%3,111-491$527$96,151,6275Sony / Columbia
7Escape Plan$1,311,321107%2,8830$455$14,394,9032Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$320,74884%1,347-813$238$58,379,8106Warner Bros.
9Insidious Chapter 2$276,421206%1,229-436$225$81,529,8067FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$174,04638%1,7690$98$2,451,5122Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$95,113-21%1,253-1285$76$7,058,5043Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$621,889699%123104$5,056$1,881,8322Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$462,234166%83578$554$11,928,3266Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$206,48565%677-520$305$25,362,3246Universal
4We're the Millers$181,649208%786-95$231$148,160,88212Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$175,28327%969-1042$181$18,434,7034Fox
6Baggage Claim$160,015165%594-271$269$20,437,7835Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$157,12740%540-574$291$23,162,7505Relativity Media
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$148,864162%4581$325$1,359,0362High Top Releasing
9Despicable Me 2$102,330222%379-16$270$363,960,59017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$77,06253%444-158$174$114,550,16511Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$65,551143%301-174$218$43,738,1679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$63,571136%315-123$202$5,369,2444Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$60,680234%303-47$200$67,054,65412Fox
14Grace Unplugged$38,64595%208-105$186$2,284,7584Roadside Attractions
15Grown Ups 2$38,608--188-35$205$133,217,33116Sony / Columbia
16The Wolverine$28,48785%164-43$174$132,169,83414Fox
17The Family (2013)$26,48310%218-265$121$36,423,2357Relativity Media
18The Smurfs 2$25,567--205-37$125$70,699,21513Sony / Columbia
19Riddick$17,94043%156-97$115$41,955,6708Universal
20Turbo$17,556163%108-41$163$82,672,50615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Conjuring$8,20585%100-13$82$137,367,87215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$153,9141424%8276$1,877$292,0542Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$13,703100%80-23$171$159,443,53118Fox
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$13,668-57%91-370$150$1,048,5633Relativity Media
4Elysium$10,567--61-32$173$92,506,25912Sony / TriStar
5Spinning Plates$6,794--3--$2,265$6,7941The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,56922%32-15$205$2,862,75412Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$5,164--19-23$272$145,4284The Film Arcade
8Linsanity$5,133-33%8-1$642$245,0794Ketchup Entertainment
9Torn$4,094430%54$819$12,4022The Film Collective
10The World's End$3,79752%26-14$146$25,947,56610Focus
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,968-59%49-98$61$476,5943Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Thanks for Sharing$2,897238%11-3$263$1,052,6926Roadside Attractions
13Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,686--1--$2,686$2,6861Cinepix
14We Are What We Are (2013)$2,476120%175$146$70,9225eOne Films US
15The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,185403%1411$156$25,6565Rialto Pictures
16Haute Cuisine$2,134-39%14-7$152$205,6076Weinstein Company
17The Spectacular Now$1,979-45%24-30$82$6,825,33313A24
18Fruitvale Station$1,50425%16-4$94$16,092,12116Weinstein Company