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 Sun, Jan. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$5,159,330-47%2,75996$1,870$75,544,8052Universal
2The Nut Job$3,727,096-36%3,47245$1,073$40,056,3632Open Road
3Lone Survivor$3,430,770-42%3,162173$1,085$93,914,9215Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,853,978-32%2,757-222$1,035$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,300,037-45%3,3870$679$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$2,269,966-35%2,753--$825$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$1,777,039-47%2,304100$771$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,549,709-37%1,804-126$859$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$1,407,860-36%2,411360$584$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$651,598-47%2,5440$256$12,922,3042Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$645,850-35%1,285-530$503$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$621,317-39%1,325-404$469$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$582,749-36%1,231470$473$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
14Gravity$575,378-40%1,260316$457$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
15Dallas Buyers Club$565,744-38%1,110691$510$20,357,27713Focus
16Saving Mr. Banks$542,239-43%1,660-789$327$79,158,3107Disney
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$394,215-47%1,051-277$375$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$370,908-33%1,371-733$271$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$459,033-33%968560$474$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$344,399-24%5050$682$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$187,469-52%824-907$228$123,803,3396Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$179,429-36%385--$466$689,0701Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$146,156-49%540-497$271$56,342,6805Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$138,108-42%289-296$478$11,995,9908CBS Films
7Walking With Dinosaurs$80,969-29%330-124$245$34,691,5636Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,053-39%242-14$331$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
9Captain Phillips$78,669-45%302-601$260$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$69,001-50%527-1042$131$32,098,4954Paramount
1147 Ronin$65,725-42%239-104$275$38,055,8405Universal
12The Book Thief$56,454-39%1977$287$20,513,76212Fox
13Free Birds$31,189-30%171-28$182$55,435,49013Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$28,461-33%244-164$117$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$22,554-41%159-35$142$63,749,94213CBS Films
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,220-20%102-20$159$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$11,910-53%132-259$90$52,327,4367Lionsgate
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,679-47%101-18$86$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$17,782-28%3--$5,927$56,4541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$5,734-38%74-23$77$11,308,9018Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$5,255-27%30-32$175$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$2,878-58%13--$221$46,7631eOne Films US