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, Nov. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$9,300,119-45%3,8410$2,421$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$7,154,840-42%2,024--$3,535$30,107,5551Universal
3Free Birds$2,404,285-39%3,510-226$685$42,024,3563Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$2,018,082-48%3,237155$623$46,532,5273CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,743,464-49%3,1903$547$89,953,1744Paramount
6Ender's Game$1,505,436-46%3,236-171$465$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
7Gravity$1,448,373-51%2,560-160$566$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$1,180,810-43%1,411267$837$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$1,013,885-51%2,626-20$386$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$780,800-48%1,28080$610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$613,866-37%1,645-191$373$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$466,928-40%184149$2,538$3,012,2953Focus
2All Is Lost$231,161-44%48384$479$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$152,987-37%687-362$223$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$128,047-51%933-579$137$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Enough Said$113,217-55%393-36$288$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
6Despicable Me 2$108,275-48%305-5$355$365,943,52020Universal
7The Counselor$89,786-43%481-541$187$16,584,6844Fox
8Prisoners$60,834-45%355130$171$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$50,434-52%303-55$166$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$41,975-44%215-1$195$67,924,68315Fox
11Elysium$31,731-39%181-11$175$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$25,468-43%176-38$145$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
13Rush (2013)$21,615-52%131-33$165$26,903,7099Universal
14Insidious Chapter 2$18,679-61%167-62$112$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
15Baggage Claim$10,244-67%108-27$95$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$124,465-36%2925$4,292$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$45,122-24%4--$11,281$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$29,925-47%55-19$544$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
4The Smurfs 2$16,062-30%88-6$183$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
5Diana$16,017-28%83-17$193$298,1333eOne Films US
6Don Jon$15,646-41%48-44$326$24,194,5418Relativity Media
7Grown Ups 2$13,654-49%91-20$150$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
8Turbo$12,665-31%53-9$239$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pulling Strings$11,8901%760$156$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$10,727-23%47-5$228$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Wolverine$9,433-48%65-12$145$132,481,84317Fox
12Runner Runner$5,754-43%76-43$76$19,285,2217Fox
13In a World...$3,958-29%9-9$440$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$3,523-38%30-27$117$36,648,64510Relativity Media
15Reaching for the Moon$2,876-28%20$1,438$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
16Grace Unplugged$2,637-49%29-8$91$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$1,851-59%27-1$69$159,545,15721Fox
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,478-55%298$51$1,142,6106Relativity Media
19The World's End$919-46%8-1$115$25,989,73313Focus
20Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$728-46%2-1$364$28,4494Cinepix
21The Spectacular Now$290-40%8-4$36$6,850,01316A24
22Big Sur$205-23%1-4$205$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment