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, Mar. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$22,784,019--3,936--$5,789$22,784,0191Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$4,662,265--3,194--$1,460$4,662,2651Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,720,472140%3,607-344$754$72,022,8563Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$2,401,78579%3,085-405$779$87,489,9043Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$2,245,867136%3,1150$721$24,869,7502Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$1,855,350153%2,945-238$630$74,130,0804Universal
7The LEGO Movie$976,506102%2,501-539$390$240,213,1807Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$935,762157%1,8960$494$10,745,7862Lionsgate
9Son of God$662,42854%2,139-851$310$53,612,0764Fox
10Frozen (2013)$166,29046%1,069-397$156$397,175,55118Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$2,802,085--780--$3,592$2,802,0851Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,890,100445%304238$6,217$8,100,6193Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$260,44145%938-656$278$74,994,1677Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$181,955137%650-374$280$132,674,95510Universal
53 Days to Kill$168,95827%752-814$225$29,314,6005Relativity Media
6Veronica Mars$137,47965%34756$396$2,502,2232Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$120,90020%522-403$232$55,711,48523Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$75,17792%335-70$224$62,339,57010Open Road
9American Hustle$65,49244%281-222$233$149,639,89815Sony / Columbia
10RoboCop (2014)$63,477-4%328-637$194$56,917,6656Sony / Columbia
11About Last Night$62,99626%214-410$294$48,129,1666Sony / Screen Gems
12Philomena$56,59110%297-205$191$36,938,29618Weinstein Company
13Gravity$56,55527%202-118$280$272,920,83825Warner Bros.
14The Wolf of Wall Street$52,31469%215-71$243$116,549,02013Paramount
15Lone Survivor$39,03576%211-105$185$124,707,96613Universal
16Pompeii$37,454-35%201-470$186$22,725,6875Sony / TriStar
17Dallas Buyers Club$37,34122%178-103$210$26,954,68521Focus
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$35,65645%224-53$159$257,939,36515Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$32,25079%211-57$153$424,449,83018Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$26,02684%128-24$203$50,367,13910Paramount
21August: Osage County$16,0556%141-62$114$37,554,93813Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$11,628483%14494$81$12,529,9076Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$141,136888%8781$1,622$296,9092Focus
2That Awkward Moment$23,910102%93-29$257$25,926,9118Focus
3Her (2013)$18,01120%73-48$247$25,325,38114Warner Bros.
4Gloria (2014)$9,155-7%50-25$183$1,951,5709Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,66678%63-25$138$58,143,87313Fox
6Blood Ties$8,580--28--$306$8,5801Roadside Attractions
7Repentance$7,621-2%43-83$177$1,162,0194Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
8Walking With Dinosaurs$4,70519%59-39$80$36,003,23214Fox
9Vampire Academy$3,222797%3523$92$7,763,6177Weinstein Company
10Ernest & Celestine$2,067-8%7-2$295$84,9584GKIDS
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,909-56%13-57$147$982,4924Sony / Columbia
12The Art of the Steal (2014)$1,152-66%15-45$77$58,6682RADiUS-TWC
13Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,111-8%18-5$62$8,312,90217Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$224187%1--$224$22,6327Rialto Pictures