Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Feb. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$21,142,548-31%3,775--$5,601$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$5,478,744-43%3,083--$1,777$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,309,970-51%2,800-67$825$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,157,313-35%2,460-294$877$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$1,477,535-45%2,869-416$515$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$1,173,481-50%2,8090$418$16,545,2212Focus
7The Nut Job$1,160,697-38%3,004-468$386$55,025,7444Open Road
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$885,061-49%2,139-768$414$44,400,7024Paramount
9Vampire Academy$876,014-46%2,676--$327$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
10Labor Day (2013)$796,337-46%2,5840$308$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$784,801-49%1,640-576$479$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$733,352-40%1,167-440$628$107,896,5887Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$421,436-38%1,427-1326$295$17,483,8493Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$418,373-40%1,327-992$315$34,290,5117Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$473,160-42%701-431$675$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
2Philomena$242,942-33%504-63$482$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$239,312-37%678-494$353$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$207,520-36%525-350$395$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$205,689-40%457-346$450$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$203,444-38%537-396$379$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,717-47%529-293$326$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$172,556-40%488-564$354$23,679,91115Focus
9Devil's Due$73,579-52%385-905$191$15,405,1634Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,247-28%248-350$295$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$67,614-45%346-74$195$124,794,3128Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$56,202-33%251-72$224$35,199,8108Fox
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$45,367-49%242-168$187$57,198,1707Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$44,404-43%129-85$344$12,756,46010CBS Films
15Grudge Match$39,287-41%341100$115$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$36,089-42%197-23$183$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$29,189-43%182-63$160$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
18The Book Thief$25,674-45%135-43$190$20,949,90314Fox
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$19,814-35%103-47$192$32,385,0516Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$18,953-46%115-48$165$52,528,3309Lionsgate
21Free Birds$10,891-38%109-26$100$55,567,50515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$90,738-41%88--$1,031$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$75,617-34%6536$1,163$551,9773Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$16,130-36%76-271$212$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,771-38%46-31$125$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$4,925-57%60-44$82$63,881,08715CBS Films
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,178-29%1--$2,178$7,2981Rialto Pictures
7At Middleton$1,168-20%8-12$146$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
8All Is Lost$841-43%12-13$70$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$629-15%11-41$57$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
10Knights of Badassdom$461-86%9-2$51$86,7963eOne Films US
11The Pretty One$430-42%1--$430$1,4841Dada Films
12Demi-Soeur$185-24%1--$185$6341Rialto Premieres
13Love Is in the Air$118-79%3-3$39$7,6362Focus World