Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$34,666,864-6%3,938--$8,803$71,593,0561Disney
2Noah$7,237,55148%3,5714$2,027$67,456,8822Paramount
3Divergent$5,742,39538%3,631-305$1,581$110,939,4043Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,999,67035%1,758580$1,706$30,015,6653Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$2,855,72288%3,052-142$936$40,234,1883Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,679,81946%1,263286$2,122$31,601,7185Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,354,34881%2,931-368$803$100,554,7455Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$822,29343%2,4860$331$8,254,0442Open Road
9Need For Speed$821,60352%1,779-926$462$40,367,2594Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$818,90048%1,724-791$475$87,681,7406Universal
11Bad Words$707,04440%1,074232$658$5,540,7804Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$631,38647%1,555-1046$406$103,619,8345Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$629,79575%1,350-651$467$250,196,1899Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$370,72639%6640$558$4,272,6382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$194,56373%321-66$606$398,846,04920Disney
3Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$153,82171%425-714$362$15,579,0284Lionsgate
4Frankie & Alice$145,96126%171--$854$261,5851Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5The Nut Job$127,07392%285-9$446$63,426,01912Open Road
6Son of God$119,64957%481-796$249$58,435,3036Fox
7Gravity$101,45641%255120$398$273,536,67427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$99,28749%308-193$322$76,922,3429Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$85,07060%236-124$360$133,895,09012Universal
10Jinn$56,9745%201--$283$111,3451Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$37,10248%197-5$188$37,446,02920Weinstein Company
123 Days to Kill$30,53846%131-209$233$30,372,6727Relativity Media
1312 Years a Slave$30,20564%128-100$236$56,483,64125Fox Searchlight
14Lone Survivor$30,05053%140-25$215$125,052,26115Universal
15Pompeii$29,81052%134-28$222$23,069,5077Sony / TriStar
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$25,65246%130-55$197$258,289,80617Warner Bros. / New Line
17American Hustle$24,40853%119-69$205$150,105,37217Sony / Columbia
18RoboCop (2014)$23,18751%118-50$197$57,356,2518Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$71,59525%37--$1,935$128,9211Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$30,59238%44--$695$52,7821CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$15,57031%74-136$210$3,276,0754Warner Bros.
4Her (2013)$14,72652%85-25$173$25,515,81816Warner Bros.
5Ernest & Celestine$13,57598%2412$566$160,7346GKIDS
6Dallas Buyers Club$13,21357%52-47$254$27,234,82323Focus
7Dom Hemingway$13,08841%4--$3,272$31,8301Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$12,14754%44-47$276$48,466,8298Sony / Screen Gems
9August: Osage County$5,90096%42-39$140$37,696,23915Weinstein Company
10Gloria (2014)$4,96488%17-19$292$2,045,04611Roadside Attractions
11The Players$2,98780%50--$60$4,6511Weinstein Company
12Watermark$2,830-18%2--$1,415$6,2871eOne Films US
13On the Other Side of the Tracks$2,39949%50--$48$4,0121Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,1701481%31$390$27,8899Rialto Pictures
15Vampire Academy$1,07236%11-13$97$7,790,4119Weinstein Company
16Stalingrad (2014)$55429%10-56$55$1,013,3516Sony / Columbia