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 Mon, Dec. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,823,089-26%3,92825$1,992$135,373,7842Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,242,6896%3,540-176$2,046$199,276,8065Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,791,072-27%3,507--$1,651$45,247,1401Paramount
4American Hustle$3,603,352-34%2,5072501$1,437$23,823,6532Sony / Columbia
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,278,758-20%2,949-614$773$373,997,0335Lionsgate
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,128,406-25%2,1102095$1,009$12,098,2732Disney
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,664,660-35%2,1940$759$29,819,9172Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$1,657,444-22%3,231--$513$8,749,3821Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$365,540-20%1,116-1148$328$201,145,4117Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$451,541-56%239--$1,889$3,875,0491Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$239,326-38%738-97$324$13,561,5155Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$210,325-39%148133$1,421$2,342,8393CBS Films
4The Book Thief$200,617-19%680-478$295$16,797,6147Fox
5Gravity$127,006-17%302-201$421$253,694,28812Warner Bros.
6Homefront$119,233-33%675-1427$177$19,903,0104Open Road
7Delivery Man$114,223-30%663-1378$172$29,393,4485Disney / DreamWorks
8Nebraska$111,334-37%31060$359$4,481,8036Paramount Vantage
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$94,264-4%313138$301$115,834,46013Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$83,909-33%301-196$279$37,164,22510Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$80,183-38%330-244$243$15,236,3058Focus
12Out of the Furnace$73,650-29%728-1373$101$11,001,9553Relativity Media
13The Best Man Holiday$70,200-38%351-571$200$69,864,6356Universal
14Last Vegas$48,842-38%333-393$147$62,293,6078CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$40,834-38%278-178$147$100,890,8859Paramount
16Captain Phillips$33,222-27%172-151$193$104,320,86211Sony / Columbia
17Despicable Me 2$31,5200%197-26$160$367,535,68025Universal
18Ender's Game$30,186-8%187-144$161$60,754,8398Lionsgate / Summit
19Free Birds$21,107-2%184-99$115$54,111,5718Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$11,756-46%138-29$85$24,845,83810Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$50,744-42%6--$8,457$462,4721Warner Bros.
2All Is Lost$9,290-40%83-180$112$5,849,85910Roadside Attractions
3About Time$9,215-34%97-46$95$15,303,7688Universal
4Black Nativity$7,606-38%63-197$121$6,975,1094Fox Searchlight
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$6,439-28%85-38$76$68,426,38920Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,452-44%40$1,363$298,4454Weinstein Company
7Enough Said$3,976-42%42-30$95$17,413,10114Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,580-24%43-18$83$116,132,85519Weinstein Company
9Don Jon$2,831-34%32-60$88$24,459,34413Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$1,018-40%29-27$35$36,902,99015Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$781-4%21-130$37$2,182,0714FilmDistrict