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 Tue, Nov. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$15,960,30930%4,163--$3,834$186,356,3171Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$1,941,50043%3,713-128$523$171,219,2853Disney
3Delivery Man$1,095,84949%3,036--$361$9,776,3081Disney / DreamWorks
4The Best Man Holiday$1,010,2958%2,04117$495$52,309,4552Universal
5Free Birds$925,93933%3,071-439$302$50,278,9084Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$579,78334%2,926-311$198$54,897,0764CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$443,79720%2,625-565$169$96,247,3535Paramount
8Gravity$433,11729%1,845-715$235$246,177,0418Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$389,30329%1,47463$264$30,118,1466Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$307,46330%2,035-1201$151$57,738,8644Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$252,48738%1,656-970$152$101,140,9747Sony / Columbia
12About Time$183,75040%1,050-230$175$14,137,3634Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$155,54417%1,121-524$139$114,516,6769Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$319,46524%666482$480$6,950,4784Focus
2Despicable Me 2$56,01031%295-10$190$366,474,43521Universal
3All Is Lost$47,69624%347-136$137$5,030,7976Roadside Attractions
4Enough Said$26,46622%233-160$114$17,038,12810Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$24,36469%112--$218$238,2821Reliance Entertainment
6Prisoners$20,57343%255-100$81$60,840,03010Warner Bros.
7Escape Plan$19,52661%267-420$73$24,491,6736Lionsgate / Summit
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,87428%185-30$102$68,096,41616Fox
9We're the Millers$16,07420%195-108$82$150,237,71316Warner Bros. / New Line
10Insidious Chapter 2$15,97121%18518$86$83,341,75111FilmDistrict
11The Counselor$11,14952%129-352$86$16,816,4025Fox
12The Family (2013)$10,10117%12696$80$36,737,97511Relativity Media
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,15525%124-52$74$115,586,71715Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$82,92426%7041$1,185$1,456,1773Fox
2Frozen (2013)$51,7248%1--$51,724$342,8391Disney
3Nebraska$31,5787%2824$1,128$576,4892Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$12,164-7%4--$3,041$153,7091Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$10,14628%8033$127$44,323,99513Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$5,57332%36-12$155$24,266,8799Relativity Media
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$4,63172%17-38$272$2,387,7306High Top Releasing
8Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,091328%12-17$174$1,156,5177Relativity Media
9Baggage Claim$2,013-15%46-62$44$21,508,0619Fox Searchlight
10Diana$1,79570%26-57$69$334,4844eOne Films US
11Runner Runner$1,19837%38-38$32$19,305,9138Fox
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$884--1--$884$59,2259Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$804136%6-2$134$25,997,36914Focus
14In a World...$6130%90$68$2,955,87216Roadside Attractions
15Grace Unplugged$27548%10-19$28$2,505,9018Roadside Attractions
16Reaching for the Moon$132-62%1-1$132$39,0903Wolfe Releasing
17Big Sur$123846%10$123$34,5974Ketchup Entertainment