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 Tue, Jan. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,955,39640%2,55720$765$66,473,8362Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$1,901,41410%3,318-17$573$300,321,7537Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,568,25221%3,730-198$420$231,928,9064Warner Bros. / New Line
4American Hustle$1,494,16044%2,51811$593$90,458,3814Sony / Columbia
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,145,35624%3,407-100$336$110,780,0683Paramount
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,134,2153%2,867--$396$20,578,3671Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,89946%2,1100$488$60,690,8674Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$888,69628%2,92213$304$47,052,8522Fox
947 Ronin$685,95027%2,6901$255$33,911,6452Universal
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$669,24919%2,143-172$312$408,372,7757Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$524,08124%2,85618$184$25,781,7142Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$300,267-3%2,560-683$117$31,953,0153Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$155,7842%1,474-314$106$50,536,3534Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$124,01732%1,01035$123$7,279,8406Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$52,816-9%1,0370$51$6,073,8382Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$238,38466%607-120$393$19,968,3277Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$140,89535%156-5$903$7,136,3335CBS Films
3Nebraska$80,38649%240-10$335$7,137,5578Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,91627%329-152$203$19,211,6299Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$49,56913%291-28$170$203,542,5799Disney
6Gravity$47,03614%165-10$285$255,709,91014Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$41,14125%151-3$272$38,546,14012Fox Searchlight
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,226-2%278-25$134$117,689,25815Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,85148%1284$288$16,362,67610Focus
10Dhoom 3$32,926118%138-82$239$7,894,9123Yash Raj Films
11Last Vegas$27,41619%25736$107$63,162,81210CBS Films
12Ender's Game$21,3849%242-7$88$61,697,78810Lionsgate / Summit
13Free Birds$19,412-12%25310$77$54,936,11010Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$18,0528%220-37$82$101,660,14211Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,56332%13399$87$116,313,99421Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$11,11319%1459$77$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$8,4508%13010$65$70,508,9358Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,5750%151-14$50$367,971,86527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$102,60517%470$2,183$3,177,8333Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,3692%50$2,874$510,1392Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$7,533-18%20$3,767$343,3702Universal
4All Is Lost$5,394-9%714$76$6,058,52712Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$5,07614%84-23$60$25,073,10312Lionsgate / Summit
6Out of the Furnace$3,0519%59-43$52$11,193,3965Relativity Media
7Enough Said$2,409-46%23-4$105$17,504,52816Fox Searchlight
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,656-1%39-14$42$68,521,53522Fox
9Don Jon$784-23%21-10$37$24,476,99115Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$38852%15-9$26$7,012,9586Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$28329%19-10$15$36,918,23217Relativity Media