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 Mon, Jan. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,351,910-74%2,75996$490$76,896,7152Universal
2Lone Survivor$916,980-73%3,162173$290$94,831,9015Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$678,357-71%3,3870$200$31,131,1772Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$657,502-77%2,757-222$238$348,556,51310Disney
5I, Frankenstein$620,748-73%2,753--$225$9,231,1891Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$615,243-83%3,47245$177$40,671,6062Open Road
7American Hustle$493,930-72%2,304100$214$127,494,3597Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$461,690-70%1,804-126$256$98,970,5125Paramount
9August: Osage County$422,665-70%2,411360$175$26,937,1965Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$211,891-67%2,5440$83$13,134,1952Fox
11Her (2013)$193,199-69%1,325-404$146$19,372,9256Warner Bros.
1212 Years a Slave$178,511-69%1,231470$145$43,738,64415Fox Searchlight
13Gravity$178,291-69%1,260316$142$261,387,25317Warner Bros.
14Dallas Buyers Club$171,677-70%1,110691$155$20,528,95413Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$166,192-69%1,660-789$100$79,324,5027Disney
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$162,222-75%1,285-530$126$252,488,5607Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$105,753-73%1,051-277$101$420,127,67010Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$94,219-75%1,371-733$69$17,139,2553Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$156,336-66%968560$162$11,876,73611Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$112,176-67%5050$222$25,926,65910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$68,414-64%824-907$83$123,871,7536Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$49,185-73%385--$128$738,2551Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,883-68%540-497$87$56,389,5635Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$41,307-70%289-296$143$12,037,2978CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$27,828-65%302-601$92$106,271,97916Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$25,867-63%527-1042$49$32,124,3624Paramount
947 Ronin$23,905-64%239-104$100$38,079,7455Universal
10The Book Thief$21,697-62%1977$110$20,535,45912Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,396-80%242-14$68$118,886,90118Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,081-83%330-124$43$34,705,6446Fox
13Grudge Match$9,753-66%244-164$40$29,246,0465Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,299-83%171-28$31$55,440,78913Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,384-73%102-20$43$8,084,2559Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,439-60%101-18$34$116,600,72524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,557-79%132-259$19$52,329,9937Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,500-69%3--$1,833$61,9541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,324-59%74-23$31$11,311,2258Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$2,298-56%30-32$77$6,226,27115Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$1,031-64%13--$79$47,7941eOne Films US