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 Thu, Dec. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,120,471-37%3,450--$1,484$13,223,6430Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,047,1644%3,903--$1,293$96,045,4171Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$2,198,12223%3,615-127$608$172,392,0104Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,363,83310%3,563-600$383$362,953,7964Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$911,35013%2,194--$415$19,770,2771Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$274,3760%1,923-1151$143$199,438,1086Disney
7Out of the Furnace$185,571-20%2,1010$88$10,601,1402Relativity Media
8Homefront$139,211-6%1,250-1320$111$19,257,0553Open Road
9Delivery Man$127,239-9%1,502-1403$85$28,792,8864Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$258,8521%8350$310$12,111,5524Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$216,0527%987-329$219$15,843,5896Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$95,986-13%478-256$201$14,773,2767Focus
4Nebraska$94,603-13%250137$378$3,805,3665Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$82,9438%503-397$165$253,135,78511Warner Bros.
6The Best Man Holiday$77,050-8%670-907$115$69,401,3155Universal
712 Years a Slave$74,690-3%414-668$180$36,710,2269Fox Searchlight
8Last Vegas$44,832-8%726-813$62$61,993,6817CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,3110%323-317$94$104,147,25210Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$23,27011%331-277$70$60,618,5767Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$21,3827%263116$81$5,792,0249Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,8542%456-701$37$100,656,8868Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,7950%212-40$65$367,405,65524Universal
14About Time$13,2250%120-146$110$15,253,3287Universal
15Black Nativity$11,94929%146-1379$82$6,932,5703Fox Searchlight
16Escape Plan$11,8776%16786$71$24,770,0509Lionsgate / Summit
17Free Birds$10,03436%283-919$35$54,021,8337Relativity Media
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,57824%175-137$55$115,443,77712Sony / Columbia
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,51923%123-17$37$68,393,09619Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$2,135-41%151-432$14$2,179,0823FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$73,963-17%6--$12,327$1,113,3681Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$50,7870%15--$3,386$625,4861Disney
3Her (2013)$45,835-22%6--$7,639$104,2580Warner Bros.
4Inside Llewyn Davis$32,377-9%1511$2,158$1,051,1502CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,269-13%40$1,817$263,7623Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,784-1%72-22$80$17,384,86313Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,203-7%92-33$57$24,444,42912Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,9874%61-946$65$116,113,86318Weinstein Company
9Insidious Chapter 2$3,14013%99-23$32$83,586,44714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$3,00719%60-11$50$16,933,8918Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,71422%56-40$48$36,896,93914Relativity Media