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 Sun, Mar. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$11,970,266-40%3,936--$3,041$54,607,7471Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$5,203,550-27%3,194--$1,629$17,005,1261Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$3,808,018-28%3,607-344$1,056$81,134,9423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$2,446,301-33%3,085-405$793$93,592,1943Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$2,257,975-34%3,1150$725$30,565,5142Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$1,678,650-42%2,945-238$570$78,709,5554Universal
7The LEGO Movie$1,320,939-29%2,501-539$528$243,385,9187Warner Bros.
8Son of God$950,350-14%2,139-851$444$55,669,0734Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$749,290-47%1,8960$395$12,913,0812Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$236,812-29%1,069-397$222$397,744,86218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$3,103,938-6%780--$3,979$9,217,0131Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,967,940-33%304238$6,473$12,998,4743Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$243,953-45%938-656$260$75,684,8757Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$152,965-42%752-814$203$29,733,5275Relativity Media
5Ride Along$152,750-48%650-374$235$133,120,35510Universal
6Veronica Mars$127,647-37%34756$368$2,832,9192Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$119,396-40%522-403$229$56,030,34723Fox Searchlight
8The Nut Job$111,233-26%335-70$332$62,600,84010Open Road
9RoboCop (2014)$62,975-38%328-637$192$57,082,5996Sony / Columbia
10Gravity$62,549-41%202-118$310$273,089,37525Warner Bros.
11Philomena$57,823-38%297-205$195$37,089,37118Weinstein Company
12American Hustle$54,312-52%281-222$193$149,806,72115Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$51,196-42%215-71$238$116,688,94313Paramount
14About Last Night$48,465-46%214-410$226$48,267,7646Sony / Screen Gems
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$40,224-32%224-53$180$258,039,17615Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dallas Buyers Club$38,507-47%178-103$216$27,065,80921Focus
17Lone Survivor$37,980-41%211-105$180$124,810,30113Universal
18Pompeii$32,346-42%201-470$161$22,814,0305Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$31,981-37%211-57$152$424,532,47818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$21,775-42%128-24$170$50,426,42810Paramount
21August: Osage County$17,478-39%141-62$124$37,601,05213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$10,338-35%14494$72$12,556,1576Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$146,915-32%8781$1,689$660,8172Focus
2Her (2013)$21,106-33%73-48$289$25,377,94214Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$16,137-48%93-29$174$25,974,3108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$13,522-27%50-25$270$1,983,5159Roadside Attractions
5Walking With Dinosaurs$7,798-13%59-39$132$36,020,02214Fox
6Blood Ties$7,423-32%28--$265$26,9121Roadside Attractions
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$5,731-55%63-25$91$58,162,21713Fox
8Repentance$5,689-51%43-83$132$1,179,3274Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Ernest & Celestine$4,174-10%7-2$596$93,7584GKIDS
10Vampire Academy$4,161-25%3523$119$7,773,3527Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$2,317-21%13-57$178$987,7504Sony / Columbia
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,410-18%18-5$78$8,316,02717Weinstein Company
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$1,186-26%15-45$79$61,4462RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$558-11%1--$558$23,8147Rialto Pictures