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. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,951,629-28%4,163--$3,592$222,116,0561Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$11,037,812-27%3,742--$2,950$26,541,9001Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$2,054,146-12%3,286-555$625$175,619,7903Disney
4Delivery Man$1,437,48210%3,036--$473$12,520,5421Disney / DreamWorks
5Homefront$1,400,066-2%2,570--$545$2,825,1780Open Road
6The Best Man Holiday$1,383,37513%1,785-239$775$54,915,5552Universal
7The Book Thief$818,09713%1,2341205$663$3,000,0593Fox
8Black Nativity$673,25354%1,516--$444$1,110,1930Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$562,33926%1,963-1274$286$55,906,1474CBS Films
10Gravity$511,37013%1,016-1544$503$247,142,8618Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$375,4525%1,165-246$322$30,850,2046Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$374,140-52%2,287-1223$164$51,431,7314Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$371,665-6%1,619-1571$230$97,013,2095Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$431,61215%753--$573$961,4181Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$383,3745%690506$556$7,698,5284Focus
3Captain Phillips$234,47217%807-1819$291$101,575,9517Sony / Columbia
4Ender's Game$206,286-7%843-2393$245$58,166,4524Lionsgate / Summit
5Oldboy (2013)$184,431-13%583--$316$397,2830FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$90,42811%10298$887$748,3662Paramount Vantage
7About Time$79,4409%376-904$211$14,289,6234Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$42,732-51%707-938$60$114,646,8689Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$39,295-50%271-34$145$366,592,32021Universal
10All Is Lost$24,026-5%349-134$69$5,080,2456Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$16,379-14%121-272$135$17,073,53510Fox Searchlight
12Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$15,695-32%112--$140$276,8921Reliance Entertainment
13We're the Millers$15,149-21%164-139$92$150,271,93516Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$13,400-20%203-152$66$60,870,18010Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,352-48%163-52$76$68,132,66016Fox
16Insidious Chapter 2$11,127-32%140-27$79$83,369,31511FilmDistrict
17The Family (2013)$8,148-15%130100$63$36,755,71711Relativity Media
18Escape Plan$7,837-8%141-546$56$24,507,9986Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,094-32%6821$104$44,341,50113Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,759-13%71-105$81$115,599,06315Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,929-7%78-403$63$16,826,6385Fox
4Don Jon$4,323-5%36-12$120$24,275,7529Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,549496%12-17$296$1,160,6617Relativity Media
6Baggage Claim$2,056-11%42-66$49$21,512,4219Fox Searchlight
7The World's End$9009%6-2$150$25,999,09514Focus
8Runner Runner$821-21%23-53$36$19,307,7728Fox
9In a World...$660-32%90$73$2,957,50016Roadside Attractions
10Diana$53154%26-57$20$335,3604eOne Films US
11Grace Unplugged$159-61%10-19$16$2,506,4688Roadside Attractions
12Linsanity$9655%1--$96$284,4908Ketchup Entertainment