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 Wed, Jan. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,643,640-16%2,55720$643$68,117,4762Paramount
2American Hustle$1,295,946-13%2,51811$515$91,754,3274Sony / Columbia
3Frozen (2013)$1,179,790-38%3,318-17$356$301,501,5437Disney
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,171,342-25%3,730-198$314$233,100,2484Warner Bros. / New Line
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$862,663-25%3,407-100$253$111,642,7313Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$844,607-18%2,1100$400$61,535,4744Disney
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$842,019-26%2,867--$294$21,420,3861Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$646,989-27%2,92213$221$47,699,8412Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$523,378-22%2,143-172$244$408,896,1537Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$484,215-29%2,6901$180$34,395,8602Universal
11Grudge Match$388,328-26%2,85618$136$26,170,0422Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$195,843-35%2,560-683$77$32,148,8583Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$118,972-24%1,474-314$81$50,655,3254Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$104,075-16%1,01035$103$7,383,9156Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$40,668-23%1,0370$39$6,114,5062Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$282,39318%607-120$465$20,250,7207Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$145,8914%156-5$935$7,282,2245CBS Films
3Nebraska$91,24114%240-10$380$7,228,7988Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,5910%329-152$202$19,278,2209Fox
5Gravity$44,440-6%165-10$269$255,754,35014Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$44,0297%151-3$292$38,590,16912Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,8048%1284$311$16,402,48010Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$39,457-20%291-28$136$203,582,0369Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,802-33%278-25$89$117,714,06015Sony / Columbia
10Last Vegas$24,194-12%25736$94$63,187,00610CBS Films
11Dhoom 3$21,786-34%138-82$158$7,916,6983Yash Raj Films
12Ender's Game$19,124-11%242-7$79$61,716,91210Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,404-4%220-37$79$101,677,54611Paramount
14Free Birds$15,067-22%25310$60$54,951,17710Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,439-10%13399$78$116,324,43321Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$9,611-14%1459$66$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$7,835-7%13010$60$70,516,7708Universal
18Despicable Me 2$6,040-20%151-14$40$367,977,90527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$113,68411%470$2,419$3,291,5173Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$16,64916%50$3,330$526,7882Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$12,06460%20$6,032$355,4342Universal
4All Is Lost$6,32417%714$89$6,064,85112Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,188157%23-4$269$17,510,71616Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,554-10%84-23$54$25,077,65712Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$3,62219%59-43$61$11,197,0185Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,138-31%39-14$29$68,522,67322Fox
9Don Jon$485-38%21-10$23$24,477,47615Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$33418%19-10$18$36,918,56617Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$307-21%15-9$20$7,013,2656Fox Searchlight