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 Sat, Nov. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$28,401,259-10%4,1630$6,822$282,087,7632Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$25,343,182-6%3,7423741$6,773$78,725,3182Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,461,6880%3,286-427$1,358$184,558,9004Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,339,565-1%1,717-324$1,945$61,629,0253Universal
5Delivery Man$2,776,3021%3,0360$914$18,033,3692Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,711,0393%2,570--$1,055$8,168,3181Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,888,648-1%1,2341164$1,531$6,789,8194Fox
8Black Nativity$1,490,981-4%1,516--$983$4,160,8781Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,081,643-1%1,854-1072$583$58,085,5275CBS Films
10Gravity$1,009,830-6%1,016-829$994$249,227,6679Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$915,1672%1,165-309$786$32,666,7467Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$740,3432%1,503-1122$493$98,479,9996Paramount
13Free Birds$640,480-24%2,287-784$280$52,913,1415Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,443,5728%835831$1,729$3,737,8182Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$979,755-3%69630$1,408$9,693,5295Focus
3Ender's Game$478,363-7%843-1192$567$59,160,6345Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$451,373-10%807-849$559$102,526,7218Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$326,373-4%583--$560$1,061,9671FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$279,776-1%10274$2,743$1,309,4773Paramount Vantage
7About Time$148,9502%331-719$450$14,584,2135Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,047-5%707-414$207$114,945,99610Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$136,8551%271-24$505$366,864,73022Universal
10All Is Lost$75,9847%154-193$493$5,259,5727Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$50,2429%121-112$415$17,169,95011Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,187-1%163-22$259$68,217,45917Fox
13We're the Millers$41,43315%164-31$253$150,349,42817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Insidious Chapter 2$38,89021%140-45$278$83,440,30112FilmDistrict
15Prisoners$38,64317%203-52$190$60,941,80411Warner Bros.
16The Family (2013)$21,78113%1304$168$36,796,81912Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$20,05015%141-126$142$24,545,5247Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$36,67019%4--$9,168$67,3701Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$25,87417%68-12$381$44,389,40414Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$20,91426%56-56$373$314,4172Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,57311%71-53$248$115,632,51716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$12,05610%78-51$155$16,849,6856Fox
6Don Jon$7,7761%26-10$299$24,291,19010Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,840-1%5-4$368$2,961,19317Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,7270%23-15$75$19,311,2209Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,570-19%43$393$42,5984Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,5368%60$256$26,002,05715Focus
11Linsanity$440221%3--$147$285,0679Ketchup Entertainment
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$24619%1--$246$32,75713Rialto Pictures
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$22140%120$18$1,161,0408Relativity Media
14Grace Unplugged$2009%4-6$50$2,506,8529Roadside Attractions
15Big Sur$506%21$25$34,7065Ketchup Entertainment