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, Dec. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,063,237124%3,7420$4,025$124,424,4933Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$11,922,87853%4,1630$2,864$329,363,6123Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,272,98075%3,074-212$739$192,468,5995Disney
4Out of the Furnace$2,119,55912%2,101--$1,009$4,034,3261Relativity Media
5Delivery Man$1,715,41552%2,905-131$591$23,871,2823Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$1,505,30348%2,5700$586$14,420,7292Open Road
7The Best Man Holiday$1,261,55562%1,577-140$800$66,607,7854Universal
8The Book Thief$1,185,27056%1,31682$901$11,321,8825Fox
9Last Vegas$581,26758%1,539-315$378$60,269,9816CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$525,28566%1,082-83$485$34,713,1908Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$519,59089%1,5259$341$6,172,8892Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$386,94760%1,157-346$334$99,830,0207Paramount
13Free Birds$164,440170%1,202-1085$137$53,672,1846Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$122,27076%1,007936$121$115,848,83917Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,003,31160%8350$1,202$7,601,4043Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$692,08463%73438$943$12,064,7956Focus
3Gravity$577,09674%900-116$641$251,183,30010Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$254,07285%11311$2,248$2,108,6464Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$240,75861%640-167$376$103,380,7199Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$224,56268%608-235$369$59,994,2416Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$123,36337%5830$212$1,868,7122FilmDistrict
8About Time$99,75063%266-65$375$14,941,5286Universal
9Despicable Me 2$83,160113%252-19$330$367,108,81523Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$78,622131%312-395$252$115,218,83211Sony / Columbia
11All Is Lost$49,90584%147-7$339$5,456,7398Roadside Attractions
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,768125%140-23$191$68,300,01118Fox
13Insidious Chapter 2$23,39481%122-18$192$83,516,60113FilmDistrict
14Don Jon$20,82435%12599$167$24,345,23011Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$159,32429%4--$39,831$282,6641CBS Films
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$33,19470%40$8,299$158,4722Weinstein Company
3Enough Said$31,53889%94-27$336$17,276,24412Fox Searchlight
4Escape Plan$16,53851%81-60$204$24,600,4698Lionsgate / Summit
5Instructions Not Included$14,19768%46-22$309$44,443,86015Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Family (2013)$12,26656%96-34$128$36,850,74513Relativity Media
7The Counselor$9,41234%71-7$133$16,887,3267Fox
8Twice Born$5,88742%10--$589$10,0381eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$1,41061%6-50$235$340,7573Reliance Entertainment