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. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$4,011,035246%2,867108$1,399$84,673,7853Universal
2That Awkward Moment$3,952,358--2,809--$1,407$3,952,3581Focus
3Lone Survivor$2,317,505153%3,285123$705$100,011,0616Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,244,958246%2,754-3$815$352,947,28711Disney
5Labor Day (2013)$1,921,070--2,584--$743$1,921,0701Paramount
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,783,761128%2,907-480$614$35,351,7313Paramount
7The Nut Job$1,763,132228%3,4720$508$44,396,1273Open Road
8American Hustle$1,330,102121%2,216-88$600$130,651,2818Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$1,107,633118%2,7530$402$12,077,7032Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$1,091,398116%1,607-197$679$101,618,1596Paramount
11August: Osage County$921,69465%2,319-92$397$29,549,8406Weinstein Company
12Gravity$586,578204%1,132-128$518$262,553,92418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$431,16893%1,172-59$368$44,839,56316Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$429,148104%1,052-58$408$21,608,54814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$353,74758%1,075-585$329$80,326,7248Disney
16Devil's Due$351,44784%1,290-1254$272$14,107,3153Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$377,76969%803-522$470$20,425,2857Warner Bros.
2Nebraska$346,36156%875-93$396$12,863,25912Paramount Vantage
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$337,645100%933-352$362$253,367,4598Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$289,70371%56762$511$26,704,94911Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$277,459151%822-229$338$420,746,00311Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$153,06458%598-773$256$17,582,2044Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$118,454142%410-130$289$56,657,3426Fox
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$109,05152%420-404$260$124,200,5047Paramount
9Gimme Shelter (2014)$96,45494%347-38$278$981,6002Roadside Attractions
10Inside Llewyn Davis$85,64259%214-75$400$12,267,8819CBS Films
11Captain Phillips$63,422107%245-57$259$106,433,17017Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$52,824320%323-7$164$34,800,0667Fox
13The Book Thief$50,18170%178-19$282$20,666,03513Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$45,118211%220-22$205$118,981,45319Sony / Columbia
1547 Ronin$43,55592%174-65$250$38,203,3456Universal
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$27,33110%150-377$182$32,233,7645Paramount
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$26,674669%16331$164$52,364,9118Lionsgate
18Grudge Match$20,481101%241-3$85$29,297,2206Warner Bros.
19Last Vegas$15,30437%104-55$147$63,806,35814CBS Films
20Free Birds$14,044117%135-36$104$55,474,16014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$43,657616%2926$1,505$122,0662Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$14,05169%77-25$182$8,117,91810Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$11,780--20--$589$11,7801Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,2177%52-49$81$116,616,53925Weinstein Company
5All Is Lost$3,54265%25-5$142$6,235,74216Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$2,6253%36-38$73$11,321,5429Relativity Media
7Knights of Badassdom$1,942-80%11-2$177$64,2512eOne Films US
8Love Is in the Air$1,754--6--$292$1,7541Focus World