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, Dec. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,295,4312%3,903--$1,613$86,142,8321Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$2,032,33027%3,716-26$547$168,403,2814Disney
3The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,523,60615%3,563-600$428$360,346,8584Lionsgate
4Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,057,3087%2,194--$482$18,049,0211Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$342,56414%2,264-810$151$198,889,8276Disney
6Out of the Furnace$317,0839%2,1010$151$10,182,9772Relativity Media
7The Book Thief$266,65520%1,158-158$230$15,424,8526Fox
8Homefront$254,10822%2,102-468$121$18,969,6083Open Road
9Delivery Man$225,9588%2,041-864$111$28,526,0514Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$274,23215%8350$328$11,596,7764Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$139,52011%574-160$243$14,566,6057Focus
3Nebraska$118,52013%250137$474$3,601,4355Paramount Vantage
4The Best Man Holiday$106,030-8%922-655$115$69,240,5155Universal
5Gravity$104,87814%503-397$209$252,976,07311Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$100,1097%497-585$201$36,558,4239Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$74,37710%726-813$102$61,900,0787CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$35,5364%323-317$110$104,086,77010Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$27,947-13%456-701$61$100,623,5808Paramount
10Ender's Game$26,649-1%331-277$81$60,574,3267Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$22,6315%263116$86$5,750,7149Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$17,84916%260-1265$69$6,911,3733Fox Searchlight
13About Time$17,16033%143-123$120$15,226,9087Universal
14Free Birds$16,279194%283-919$58$54,004,4007Relativity Media
15Escape Plan$14,20427%16786$85$24,746,9869Lionsgate / Summit
16Despicable Me 2$12,26524%223-29$55$367,378,08024Universal
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,60917%175-137$43$115,426,48812Sony / Columbia
18Oldboy (2013)$5,61410%151-432$37$2,173,3063FilmDistrict
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,74824%123-17$30$68,384,89219Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$100,869-8%6--$16,812$950,6181Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$54,435-3%15--$3,629$524,1041Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$34,836-8%1511$2,322$983,1762CBS Films
4Don Jon$5,3223%92-33$58$24,433,62312Relativity Media
5Enough Said$4,92112%72-22$68$17,373,22613Fox Searchlight
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,96726%61-946$65$116,106,03218Weinstein Company
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,277-14%40$819$248,1673Weinstein Company
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,12922%99-23$32$83,580,51714FilmDistrict
9The Counselor$3,06237%60-11$51$16,928,3478Fox
10The Family (2013)$2,25325%56-40$40$36,892,00514Relativity Media