Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Dec. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,585,5226%3,9280$2,695$181,060,1893Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$10,006,528-2%3,335-205$3,000$239,695,9106Disney
3American Hustle$7,151,20212%2,5070$2,852$53,982,2043Sony / Columbia
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$7,145,1350%3,5070$2,037$77,805,6042Paramount
5The Wolf of Wall Street$6,801,5669%2,537--$2,681$28,850,0551Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$5,041,6367%2,1100$2,389$33,584,9423Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,758,4525%2,909--$1,636$21,888,7131Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,696,9088%2,315-634$1,597$388,053,7846Lionsgate
947 Ronin$3,630,1505%2,689--$1,350$17,802,5251Universal
10Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,721,5528%1,788-406$1,522$41,566,5093Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$2,692,04813%2,838--$949$11,202,7791Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$2,610,2113%3,24312$805$18,803,3092Fox
13Justin Bieber's Believe$680,179-14%1,037--$656$3,732,7011Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$901,12413%975971$924$4,010,8485Weinstein Company
2Philomena$685,89123%727-11$943$15,922,0316Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$483,72026%16113$3,004$4,238,6834CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$399,85418%220-19$1,818$6,487,8932Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$303,25634%250-60$1,213$5,504,1827Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$248,43419%319-797$779$202,185,1678Disney
7The Book Thief$236,44416%481-199$492$17,711,1558Fox
8Gravity$197,99023%175-127$1,131$254,444,23213Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$192,67013%303-10$636$116,455,79514Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$145,70524%154-147$946$37,689,24911Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$110,90635%124-206$894$15,644,8809Focus
12Ender's Game$106,95616%24962$430$61,098,8919Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$99,05019%221-112$448$62,622,2299CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$90,17521%257-21$351$101,194,02710Paramount
15The Best Man Holiday$88,88512%120-231$741$70,201,3507Universal
16Free Birds$86,51718%24359$356$54,368,0439Relativity Media
17Captain Phillips$55,99525%111-61$504$104,528,67212Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$49,48513%165-32$300$367,700,87026Universal
19Delivery Man$44,45610%136-527$327$29,612,3116Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$26,76129%107-31$250$24,935,64611Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$16,42823%102-626$161$11,110,5314Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$244,20126%4741$5,196$1,330,5712Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$66,06615%5--$13,213$123,3201Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$33,76626%2--$16,883$123,5541Universal
4Homefront$26,42737%75-600$352$20,079,1655Open Road
5All Is Lost$23,4978%67-16$351$5,928,23311Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$10,39424%53-32$196$68,463,49721Fox
7Enough Said$9,92437%27-15$368$17,447,86815Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$9,69727%34-9$285$116,164,30020Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$5,03822%24-39$210$6,998,0755Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,98921%210$95$2,187,8915FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$1,63532%31-1$53$24,467,12314Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$1,30515%290$45$36,908,64916Relativity Media