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. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$9,550,587-34%3,890115$2,455$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$3,031,216-41%2,872--$1,055$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3RoboCop (2014)$2,834,821-35%3,3720$841$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$2,714,570-36%2,658--$1,021$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
5The Monuments Men$1,994,824-46%3,064-19$651$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$1,896,764-44%2,2530$842$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$1,349,347-34%1,891-210$714$384,108,13214Disney
8Ride Along$1,082,070-51%2,186-331$495$123,129,1906Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$767,440-56%2,8960$265$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$528,628-46%2,9650$178$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$507,860-45%1,516-497$335$121,709,2869Universal
12The Nut Job$366,263-25%1,235-683$297$59,906,0676Open Road
13Philomena$362,088-32%1,004-221$361$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14That Awkward Moment$302,125-50%1,208-714$250$24,053,6884Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$433,268-48%903-169$480$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$358,413-41%627-124$572$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$239,070-38%348-7$687$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$192,033-51%807-471$238$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$160,023-34%349-37$459$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$128,786-36%210-114$613$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$119,453-33%525-485$228$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$114,963-39%250-5$460$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$94,556-28%175-48$540$24,746,78017Focus
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$78,926-48%240-86$329$423,626,64214Lionsgate
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$78,379-44%266-19$295$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$73,537-35%266--$276$265,5861Roadside Attractions
13Gloria (2014)$67,797-37%11012$616$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
14Vampire Academy$65,516-47%536-2140$122$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
15Labor Day (2013)$53,537-49%418-1246$128$13,106,5054Paramount
16I, Frankenstein$46,490-32%217-251$214$18,666,4985Lionsgate
17Walking With Dinosaurs$46,488-26%214-34$217$35,634,73310Fox
18The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$39,401-51%2087$189$57,720,7449Fox
19The Legend Of Hercules$33,376-24%11020$303$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$27,373-32%1810$151$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
21Inside Llewyn Davis$21,118-36%10721$197$13,072,05312CBS Films
22Captain Phillips$14,949-55%18954$79$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
23Grudge Match$10,665-53%108-183$99$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$102,914-20%21--$4,901$455,8011Disney
2Highway$87,247-40%97--$899$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$16,967-42%84-10$202$21,192,41516Fox
4Devil's Due$16,395-49%84-39$195$15,722,0506Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$9,583-42%33-44$290$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
6Free Birds$7,920-37%56-19$141$55,651,84317Relativity Media
7Barefoot$3,315-27%18--$184$11,7671Roadside Attractions
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,980-18%33-1$90$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
9The Pretty One$1,508-41%54$302$11,1863Dada Films
10All Is Lost$666-20%5-4$133$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$485-49%5-10$97$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$450-23%10$450$20,0183Rialto Pictures
13Knights of Badassdom$200-54%31$67$114,2915eOne Films US