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 Sat, Feb. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$20,262,41758%3,7750$5,368$113,364,0212Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$8,259,51021%3,372--$2,449$20,033,8071Sony / Columbia
3About Last Night$7,930,871-38%2,253--$3,520$20,801,9801Sony / Screen Gems
4The Monuments Men$5,954,28920%3,0830$1,931$39,587,9292Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$3,576,560-52%2,896--$1,235$11,004,8051Universal
6Ride Along$3,158,835-7%2,517-283$1,255$113,943,1655Universal
7Frozen (2013)$2,419,79042%2,101-359$1,152$374,318,21613Disney
8Winter's Tale$2,245,561-39%2,965--$757$5,898,2481Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$1,670,79034%2,013-856$830$117,245,0618Universal
10That Awkward Moment$1,137,470-26%1,922-887$592$20,737,2603Focus
11American Hustle$964,46423%1,072-568$900$140,765,80410Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$887,84118%1,278-861$695$47,089,1765Paramount
13The Nut Job$773,46693%1,918-1086$403$56,924,3875Open Road
14Vampire Academy$699,945-1%2,6760$262$6,158,8722Weinstein Company
15Philomena$587,27441%1,225721$479$30,075,47113Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$454,362-8%1,664-920$273$12,143,3173Paramount
17August: Osage County$346,74845%1,010-317$343$35,467,2918Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$737,11433%751-416$982$110,039,3998Paramount
2Gravity$404,14637%355-346$1,138$267,620,30920Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$233,56478%386-292$605$48,016,76618Fox Searchlight
4Her (2013)$232,80021%255-202$913$23,134,5789Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$216,38325%326-203$664$422,964,65913Lionsgate
6Nebraska$213,60054%324-201$659$15,612,62114Paramount Vantage
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$198,00438%285-252$695$255,966,97810Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$174,1477%468-959$372$18,202,2974Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$161,53474%223-265$724$24,154,65216Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$80,80421%201-41$402$57,407,7088Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$71,11810%261-85$272$125,030,3459Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$69,89388%248-3$282$35,350,0729Fox
13Devil's Due$44,402-12%123-262$361$15,586,7505Fox
14Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$43,40371%181-16$240$119,371,83021Sony / Columbia
15Grudge Match$37,19027%291-50$128$29,636,0178Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$31,70822%135-47$235$106,836,23619Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$126,28455%9833$1,289$850,7314Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$56,76315%77-11$737$508,3992Reliance Entertainment
3Inside Llewyn Davis$49,71357%86-43$578$12,900,22911CBS Films
4The Book Thief$33,30731%94-41$354$21,054,97315Fox
5The Legend Of Hercules$25,9239%90-158$288$18,495,0706Lionsgate / Summit
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$15,73532%62-41$254$32,434,5487Paramount
7Free Birds$14,29681%75-34$191$55,597,55116Relativity Media
8Last Vegas$7,33420%41-19$179$63,903,96016CBS Films
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,015-18%34-12$148$8,212,06912Weinstein Company
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,64326%15-61$110$1,350,6864Roadside Attractions
11All Is Lost$1,27115%9-3$141$6,257,93818Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$984-10%10$984$14,3392Rialto Pictures
13The Pretty One$74810%10$748$3,7832Dada Films
14At Middleton$71249%1-7$712$52,4093Anchor Bay / Freestyle
15Knights of Badassdom$45475%2-7$227$97,9214eOne Films US