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 Wed, Dec. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,103,172--3,450--$2,349$8,103,1720Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,855,421-23%3,903--$1,244$90,998,2531Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$1,790,607-12%3,615-127$495$170,193,8884Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,243,105-18%3,563-600$349$361,589,9634Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$809,906-23%2,194--$369$18,858,9271Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$273,905-20%1,923-1151$142$199,163,7326Disney
7Out of the Furnace$232,592-27%2,1010$111$10,415,5692Relativity Media
8Homefront$148,236-42%1,250-1320$119$19,117,8443Open Road
9Delivery Man$139,596-38%1,502-1403$93$28,665,6474Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$255,924-7%8350$306$11,852,7004Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$202,685-24%987-329$205$15,627,5376Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$110,685-21%478-256$232$14,677,2907Focus
4Nebraska$109,328-8%250137$437$3,710,7635Paramount Vantage
5The Best Man Holiday$83,750-21%670-907$125$69,324,2655Universal
612 Years a Slave$77,113-23%414-668$186$36,635,5369Fox Searchlight
7Gravity$76,769-27%503-397$153$253,052,84211Warner Bros.
8Last Vegas$48,771-34%726-813$67$61,948,8497CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,171-15%323-317$93$104,116,94110Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$20,980-21%331-277$63$60,595,3067Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$19,928-12%263116$76$5,770,6429Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,452-41%456-701$36$100,640,0328Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,78012%212-40$65$367,391,86024Universal
14About Time$13,195-23%120-146$110$15,240,1037Universal
15Escape Plan$11,187-21%16786$67$24,758,1739Lionsgate / Summit
16Black Nativity$9,248-48%146-1379$63$6,920,6213Fox Searchlight
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,7111%175-137$44$115,434,19912Sony / Columbia
18Free Birds$7,399-55%283-919$26$54,011,7997Relativity Media
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,685-2%123-17$30$68,388,57719Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$3,641-35%151-432$24$2,176,9473FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$88,787-12%6--$14,798$1,039,4051Sony / Columbia
2Her (2013)$58,423--6--$9,737$58,4230Warner Bros.
3Saving Mr. Banks$50,595-7%15--$3,373$574,6991Disney
4Inside Llewyn Davis$35,5972%1511$2,373$1,018,7732CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,326154%40$2,082$256,4933Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,85319%72-22$81$17,379,07913Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,6035%92-33$61$24,439,22612Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,844-3%61-946$63$116,109,87618Weinstein Company
9Insidious Chapter 2$2,790-11%99-23$28$83,583,30714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$2,537-17%60-11$42$16,930,8848Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,220-1%56-40$40$36,894,22514Relativity Media