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 Wed, Mar. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,308,229-21%3,936--$841$65,691,6451Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,146,496-19%3,194--$359$20,731,4161Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,066,214-14%3,607-344$296$84,402,5663Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$776,225-20%3,085-405$252$96,171,2233Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$680,613-24%3,1150$218$32,815,2312Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$588,895-18%2,945-238$200$80,579,5254Universal
7The LEGO Movie$440,152-17%2,501-539$176$244,767,8547Warner Bros.
8Son of God$277,068-15%2,139-851$130$56,548,8644Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$234,833-20%1,8960$124$13,673,8342Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$75,339-15%1,069-397$70$397,979,97218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$980,215-2%780--$1,257$12,055,9541Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$684,087-6%304238$2,250$15,034,8573Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$119,790-11%938-656$128$76,056,5117Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$73,361-12%752-814$98$29,963,3505Relativity Media
5Ride Along$58,205-5%650-374$90$133,295,37510Universal
612 Years a Slave$54,245-19%522-403$104$56,201,27223Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$51,513-2%335-70$154$62,742,72510Open Road
8Veronica Mars$47,826-11%34756$138$2,978,5172Warner Bros.
9Philomena$31,702-16%297-205$107$37,188,30018Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$25,696-15%281-222$91$149,887,49015Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$24,733-17%202-118$122$273,167,22625Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$24,389-17%328-637$74$57,161,7276Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-10%215-71$106$116,759,78213Paramount
14About Last Night$19,266-9%214-410$90$48,328,4276Sony / Screen Gems
15Lone Survivor$16,8807%211-105$80$124,858,75613Universal
16Dallas Buyers Club$15,887-22%178-103$89$27,120,04621Focus
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,834-1%224-53$71$258,085,87215Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$14,825-27%201-470$74$22,862,2995Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,618-6%211-57$60$424,569,76818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,282-2%128-24$88$50,462,02810Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,960-10%141-62$71$37,629,66213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,202-2%14494$43$12,573,3706Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$64,1488%8781$737$838,4972Focus
2Her (2013)$8,161-24%73-48$112$25,403,91714Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$8,101-19%93-29$87$25,999,2108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,856-12%50-25$97$1,998,4669Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,07317%63-25$65$58,173,72113Fox
6Blood Ties$3,3985%28--$121$36,7131Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$3,124-14%59-39$53$36,029,84214Fox
8Repentance$2,89529%43-83$67$1,187,4394Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Vampire Academy$1,523-15%3523$44$7,778,0977Weinstein Company
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,27775%18-5$71$8,321,34817Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,171-39%13-57$90$991,9794Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,098-1%7-2$157$97,0874GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$7689%15-45$51$63,4632RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$416259%1--$416$24,6407Rialto Pictures