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 Mon, Mar. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,105,382-72%3,567--$871$46,825,8541Paramount
2Divergent$1,663,074-72%3,9360$423$96,042,6602Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$730,208-74%1,178398$620$22,480,8922Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$672,614-80%3,1940$211$33,789,4312Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$605,547-76%3,299-308$184$95,084,9954Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$437,536-68%2,486--$176$5,709,9801Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$394,139-65%2,601-484$152$101,448,8434Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$339,302-69%2,705-410$125$37,983,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,800-68%2,515-430$120$85,392,8605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$249,284-71%2,001-500$125$248,466,0648Warner Bros.
11Son of God$94,108-74%1,277-862$74$57,949,0515Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,442-68%1,139-757$73$15,083,3773Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$696,162-69%977673$713$24,867,7724Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$301,283-65%664--$454$3,162,8111Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$207,979-68%842755$247$3,686,8553Focus
4The Monuments Men$37,725-61%501-437$75$76,625,9738Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,045-66%387-682$91$398,426,65619Disney
6The Nut Job$27,211-68%294-41$93$63,133,46611Open Road
7Ride Along$25,200-63%360-290$70$133,684,46511Universal
83 Days to Kill$18,423-62%340-412$54$30,252,4016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$15,713-60%210-137$75$3,198,2893Warner Bros.
10Gravity$13,049-58%135-67$97$273,325,68826Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$12,068-64%228-294$53$56,390,47824Fox Searchlight
12Philomena$11,255-60%202-95$56$37,336,37919Weinstein Company
13American Hustle$10,899-53%188-93$58$150,028,32016Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,147-62%185-39$55$258,216,40016Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,970-55%165-46$60$124,974,44614Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$7,557-62%134-81$56$116,874,28414Paramount
17Her (2013)$6,361-54%11037$58$25,466,04815Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$6,224-62%107-21$58$50,555,33111Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,175-69%158-53$33$424,650,75219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$4,564-64%99-79$46$27,196,23022Focus
2That Awkward Moment$3,903-53%68-25$57$26,052,9859Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$2,898-74%125$242$131,7675GKIDS
4August: Osage County$2,890-68%81-60$36$37,674,98814Weinstein Company
5Gloria (2014)$2,726-54%36-14$76$2,028,11210Roadside Attractions
6Stalingrad (2014)$2,037-50%6653$31$1,006,1795Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$1,687-73%42-17$40$36,053,50415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,573-52%85-59$19$12,593,2337Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$567-62%24-11$24$7,786,5238Weinstein Company
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$427187%10$427$26,4318Rialto Pictures
11Blood Ties$230-70%5-23$46$41,4592Roadside Attractions