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, Apr. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,610,467-28%3,567--$732$53,040,7761Paramount
2Divergent$1,560,425-20%3,9360$396$99,544,6822Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$771,172-5%1,178398$655$24,063,7992Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$651,948-16%3,1940$204$35,215,5492Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$576,658-15%3,299-308$175$96,342,3274Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$365,442-23%2,486--$147$6,547,9601Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$363,259-21%2,601-484$140$102,272,2454Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$318,740-27%2,705-410$118$38,736,2793Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$301,755-17%2,515-430$120$86,059,2905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$232,465-18%2,001-500$116$248,981,7128Warner Bros.
11Son of God$95,753-13%1,277-862$75$58,154,5965Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$83,175-17%1,139-757$73$15,267,3693Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$711,709-12%977673$728$26,385,3274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$206,315-18%842755$245$4,144,6873Focus
3Cesar Chavez$136,285-33%664--$205$3,502,8531Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$43,363-6%501-437$87$76,715,2678Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$35,843-7%387-682$93$398,500,96219Disney
6The Nut Job$31,248-13%294-41$106$63,200,63211Open Road
7Ride Along$25,3500%360-290$70$133,735,11011Universal
83 Days to Kill$21,481-22%340-412$63$30,301,5016Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,643-5%210-137$79$3,232,3733Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,038-9%202-95$74$37,368,02319Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$14,767-15%228-294$65$56,422,55824Fox Searchlight
12American Hustle$12,558-2%188-93$67$150,053,75016Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$12,106-13%135-67$90$273,351,70926Warner Bros.
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$9,964-1%185-39$54$258,236,38716Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Wolf of Wall Street$9,172-1%134-81$68$116,892,67614Paramount
16Lone Survivor$9,055-9%165-46$55$124,993,47614Universal
17Her (2013)$7,472-3%11037$68$25,481,21615Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,158-3%107-21$67$50,569,83311Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,382-11%158-53$34$424,662,17419Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dom Hemingway$5,499--4--$1,375$5,4990Fox Searchlight
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,277-18%99-79$53$27,207,91822Focus
3That Awkward Moment$4,673-20%68-25$69$26,063,4789Focus
4August: Osage County$3,986-22%81-60$49$37,684,09814Weinstein Company
5Ernest & Celestine$3,03244%125$253$136,9075GKIDS
6Gloria (2014)$3,010-12%36-14$84$2,034,53710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,37130%85-59$28$12,597,4337Warner Bros.
8Walking With Dinosaurs$2,23811%42-17$53$36,057,76215Fox
9Stalingrad (2014)$1,988-7%6653$30$1,010,3165Sony / Columbia
10Vampire Academy$6623%24-11$28$7,787,8308Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$41518%5-23$83$42,2272Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$214--10$214$26,6458Rialto Pictures