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 Sat, Jan. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$8,037,47519%3,318-17$2,422$291,905,7337Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,671,10831%3,730-198$1,789$225,152,9464Warner Bros. / New Line
3Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,494,106-26%2,867--$2,265$15,216,2501Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,562,51629%2,55720$2,175$59,761,4782Paramount
5American Hustle$5,514,13332%2,51811$2,190$85,196,9974Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,464,88115%3,407-100$1,311$106,426,6053Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$3,848,20530%2,1100$1,824$57,064,4734Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,443,67722%2,92213$1,179$43,732,1772Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,046,35125%2,143-172$1,422$405,577,5527Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$2,320,15929%2,85618$812$23,633,0262Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$2,098,21029%2,6901$780$31,356,1252Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,534,25723%2,560-683$599$30,380,6203Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,351,25231%1,474-314$917$49,697,7084Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$485,42444%1,01035$481$6,829,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$230,16312%1,0370$222$5,824,7922Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$682,04570%607-120$1,124$19,226,8547Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$494,84961%156-5$3,172$6,615,0265CBS Films
3Nebraska$289,06165%240-10$1,204$6,848,9828Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$234,89932%329-152$714$18,975,3739Fox
5Gravity$207,39636%165-10$1,257$255,504,22414Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$205,56624%291-28$706$203,343,9389Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$180,27313%278-25$648$117,513,56715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$147,90052%151-3$979$38,388,81112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$147,30157%138-82$1,067$7,777,3743Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$135,16646%1284$1,056$16,225,22310Focus
11Ender's Game$94,24622%242-7$389$61,607,68810Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$87,77733%25736$342$63,067,08010CBS Films
13Free Birds$84,65712%25310$335$54,844,46610Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,12827%220-37$337$101,582,92611Paramount
15Captain Phillips$54,01743%105-6$514$104,805,57313Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$50,68544%13010$390$70,472,5358Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$46,05440%13399$346$116,271,15921Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$44,69531%1459$308$29,847,6797Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$42,28027%151-14$280$367,935,59527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$312,81652%470$6,656$2,783,7393Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,29941%50$11,460$439,6812Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$34,80950%20$17,405$299,8882Universal
4All Is Lost$22,10255%714$311$6,036,95412Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$21,89637%84-23$261$25,051,35312Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$10,30680%23-4$448$17,492,43716Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$9,92741%59-43$168$11,181,3995Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,67319%39-14$222$68,513,51222Fox
9Black Nativity$1,99264%15-9$133$7,011,7896Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$1,28918%19-10$68$36,917,13517Relativity Media
11Don Jon$1,1989%21-10$57$24,474,28615Relativity Media