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, Nov. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Last Vegas$1,396,793-1%3,065--$456$22,430,7361CBS Films
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,266,607-4%3,3459$379$67,446,6262Paramount
3Ender's Game$1,249,688-17%3,407--$367$33,751,3001Lionsgate / Summit
4Gravity$880,797-2%3,024-683$291$222,714,4925Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$721,08029%3,736--$193$19,016,4511Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$636,437-2%3,021-122$211$85,182,0164Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$246,517-21%3,0440$81$15,045,0372Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$241,98746%2,430-681$100$107,176,1806Sony / Columbia
9Carrie (2013)$183,990-12%2,252-905$82$32,765,6173Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$142,785-22%1,966-917$73$22,362,8353Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$396,347-7%410287$967$10,745,5813Fox Searchlight
2About Time$115,5555%175--$660$1,517,6731Universal
3Enough Said$100,3390%662-173$152$15,205,6767Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,7563%13048$467$1,667,6013Roadside Attractions
5Machete Kills$50,86624%263-990$193$7,799,0354Open Road
6We're the Millers$44,2804%555-231$80$149,409,43013Warner Bros. / New Line
7Rush (2013)$31,815-9%303-374$105$26,628,2697Universal
8Prisoners$29,295-8%465-882$63$60,090,0127Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,0950%309-70$75$364,879,30518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,1081%312-132$71$115,159,77412Weinstein Company
11Don Jon$20,798-6%181-359$115$23,974,9046Relativity Media
12Insidious Chapter 2$17,182-15%553-676$31$82,909,1098FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$12,439-13%294-300$42$21,285,3886Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,09521%251-52$48$67,540,06513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,2782%243-215$46$2,109,8433High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,124-8%237-732$43$19,202,1625Fox
17Instructions Not Included$5,372-19%136-165$40$44,158,31710Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,289-1%119-45$44$132,379,50615Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,169-12%109-206$38$5,732,6015Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,761-3%9--$2,418$354,3841Focus
2Diana$8,083-10%38--$213$103,1031eOne Films US
3Linsanity$5,381274%4-4$1,345$266,8945Ketchup Entertainment
4The Family (2013)$5,224-1%87-131$60$36,600,6308Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,36162%22-69$153$1,118,4114Relativity Media
6Turbo$2,9777%69-39$43$82,818,87516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Big Sur$2,52114%13--$194$26,0201Ketchup Entertainment
8Grace Unplugged$2,46311%81-127$30$2,461,6105Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$2,389-8%42-38$57$159,521,62419Fox
10The Spectacular Now$2,360178%18-6$131$6,840,82814A24
11In a World...$1,970-24%22-10$90$2,914,74213Roadside Attractions
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,543-4%5-9$309$50,3876Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$1,177-8%16-10$74$25,976,10111Focus
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5601900%10$560$19,3302Cinepix
15Torn$218-20%2--$109$18,2023The Film Collective