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 Tue, Mar. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$4,198,38617%3,936--$1,067$62,383,4161Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,421,62823%3,194--$445$19,584,9201Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,239,75729%3,607-344$344$83,336,3523Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$971,09717%3,085-405$315$95,394,9983Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$898,96834%3,1150$289$32,134,6182Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$721,52529%2,945-238$245$79,990,6304Universal
7The LEGO Movie$531,00829%2,501-539$212$244,327,7027Warner Bros.
8Son of God$325,99818%2,139-851$152$56,271,7964Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$292,29225%1,8960$154$13,439,0012Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$88,69525%1,069-397$83$397,904,63318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$1,002,41717%780--$1,285$11,075,7391Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$724,45215%304238$2,383$14,350,7703Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$135,11116%938-656$144$75,936,7217Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$83,59615%752-814$111$29,889,9895Relativity Media
512 Years a Slave$66,59833%522-403$128$56,147,02723Fox Searchlight
6Ride Along$61,56511%650-374$95$133,237,17010Universal
7Veronica Mars$53,69622%34756$155$2,930,6912Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$52,56139%335-70$157$62,691,21510Open Road
9Philomena$37,87929%297-205$128$37,156,59818Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$30,16921%281-222$107$149,861,79415Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$29,92429%202-118$148$273,142,49325Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$29,43216%328-637$90$57,137,3386Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$25,21511%215-71$117$116,736,97013Paramount
14About Last Night$21,2435%214-410$99$48,309,1616Sony / Screen Gems
15Dallas Buyers Club$20,42514%178-103$115$27,104,15921Focus
16Pompeii$20,25754%201-470$101$22,847,4745Sony / TriStar
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,9757%224-53$71$258,070,03815Warner Bros. / New Line
18Lone Survivor$15,8200%211-105$75$124,841,87613Universal
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,45520%211-57$64$424,557,15018Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,48512%128-24$90$50,450,74610Paramount
21August: Osage County$11,02044%141-62$78$37,619,70213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,35937%14494$44$12,567,1686Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$59,40810%8781$683$774,3492Focus
2Her (2013)$10,73852%73-48$147$25,395,75614Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$10,05949%93-29$108$25,991,1098Focus
4Gloria (2014)$5,54322%50-25$111$1,993,6109Roadside Attractions
5Walking With Dinosaurs$3,62418%59-39$61$36,026,71814Fox
6The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,488-12%63-25$55$58,169,64813Fox
7Blood Ties$3,2423%28--$116$33,3151Roadside Attractions
8Repentance$2,249-24%43-83$52$1,184,5444Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,93572%13-57$149$990,8084Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$1,78825%3523$51$7,776,5747Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$1,110-1%7-2$159$95,9894GKIDS
12Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$731-78%18-5$41$8,320,07117Weinstein Company
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$70730%15-45$47$62,6952RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$116-61%1--$116$24,2247Rialto Pictures