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 Fri, Jan. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$14,406,830--2,663--$5,410$14,406,8301Universal
2Lone Survivor$6,665,470135%2,989114$2,230$57,475,5914Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,350,191--3,387--$1,580$5,350,1911Paramount
4The Nut Job$4,807,000--3,427--$1,403$4,807,0001Open Road
5Devil's Due$3,469,494--2,544--$1,364$3,469,4941Fox
6American Hustle$2,840,305126%2,204-425$1,289$108,671,4966Sony / Columbia
7Frozen (2013)$2,515,276206%2,979-260$844$323,146,6379Disney
8August: Osage County$2,092,634184%2,0511146$1,020$12,681,9044Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$2,037,79497%1,930-591$1,056$84,814,3924Paramount
10Her (2013)$1,158,124109%1,7290$670$12,157,5515Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$1,098,51094%2,449-222$449$72,342,8076Disney
12The Legend Of Hercules$904,931116%2,1040$430$11,880,5822Lionsgate / Summit
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$894,22050%1,815-1260$493$245,714,0656Warner Bros. / New Line
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$655,94278%1,731-1281$379$120,587,2915Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$631,065121%1,328-434$475$415,630,8579Lionsgate
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$443,78153%1,569-1314$283$30,376,8893Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$371,86338%1,037-1547$359$54,167,6814Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$465,403701%944789$493$256,876,07216Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$394,361596%761647$518$39,498,65914Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$348,75246%505-102$691$23,111,2369Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$274,22855%585-144$469$10,312,4897CBS Films
5Nebraska$244,32445%408-113$599$9,019,04110Paramount Vantage
6Dallas Buyers Club$237,752293%419294$567$17,109,76512Focus
7Captain Phillips$138,368119%903789$153$105,256,03015Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$137,215-4%343-1016$400$37,288,0904Universal
9The Book Thief$66,57832%190-113$350$19,996,97811Fox
10Walking With Dinosaurs$63,7245%454-885$140$34,040,3705Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$61,889273%256-8$242$118,196,43117Sony / Columbia
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$45,4938%391-649$116$52,097,2116Lionsgate
13Grudge Match$44,642-52%408-1597$109$28,948,7464Warner Bros.
14Last Vegas$35,42561%194-46$183$63,513,80012CBS Films
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$27,281-23%122-241$224$7,923,6678Weinstein Company
16Free Birds$23,331185%199-33$117$55,179,15112Relativity Media
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$23,21397%154-38$151$101,900,42213Paramount
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$19,15591%119-17$161$116,483,90623Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Out of the Furnace$12,101524%9760$125$11,234,5577Relativity Media
2All Is Lost$11,216110%62-7$181$6,147,35314Roadside Attractions
3Indigo Children$1,701--1--$1,701$1,7011Striped Entertainment
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,511--2--$756$35,69720Rialto Pictures
5Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$352-30%10$352$4,4092Anchor Bay Films