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, Dec. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$18,024,194-26%3,903--$4,618$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,326,112-28%3,716-26$1,972$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,913,649-38%2,194--$1,784$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,819,214-34%3,563-600$1,072$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$812,386-33%2,264-810$359$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$687,839-30%2,1010$327$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$525,232-36%2,041-864$257$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$504,554-27%1,158-158$436$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$503,066-28%2,102-468$239$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$554,789-21%8350$664$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$342,495-31%574-160$597$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$295,040-31%922-655$320$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$271,391-27%250137$1,086$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
512 Years a Slave$225,210-25%497-585$453$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$215,379-32%503-397$428$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
7Last Vegas$173,526-31%726-813$239$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$78,669-38%323-317$244$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$73,316-37%456-701$161$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$60,895-35%331-277$184$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$48,081-28%263116$183$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$45,662-22%260-1265$176$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
13Despicable Me 2$41,255-42%223-29$185$367,355,88524Universal
14Free Birds$30,947-38%283-919$109$53,982,5927Relativity Media
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$30,529-36%175-137$174$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Escape Plan$29,019-27%16786$174$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
17About Time$28,555-26%143-123$200$15,196,8787Universal
18Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$13,316-39%123-17$108$68,378,13319Fox
19Oldboy (2013)$11,301-7%151-432$75$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$261,461-2%6--$43,577$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$125,975-22%15--$8,398$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$118,812-16%1511$7,921$910,3172CBS Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$12,285-5%40$3,071$241,0793Weinstein Company
5Enough Said$11,916-37%72-22$166$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
6Don Jon$10,775-6%92-33$117$24,423,14112Relativity Media
7Insidious Chapter 2$7,651-45%99-23$77$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,389-36%61-946$121$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
9The Counselor$4,900-27%60-11$82$16,923,0428Fox
10The Family (2013)$4,413-25%56-40$79$36,887,95014Relativity Media
11Big Sur$30416%2--$152$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$30-17%2--$15$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment