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, Apr. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,726,74036%3,9380$1,200$167,072,6872Disney
2Rio 2$4,260,70360%3,948--$1,079$46,255,8041Fox
3Draft Day$1,249,41443%2,781--$449$11,906,1681Lionsgate / Summit
4Oculus$1,147,32521%2,648--$433$14,098,7341Relativity Media
5Noah$1,040,65447%3,282-289$317$86,725,1713Paramount
6Divergent$1,006,42850%3,110-521$324$126,433,1644Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$777,58138%1,860102$418$42,237,4194Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$600,70346%1,467204$409$40,502,0796Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$508,888103%2,261-791$225$46,512,2444Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$385,35290%2,001-930$193$105,851,3216Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$102,98542%762-962$135$89,629,9057Universal
2Bad Words$95,29340%763-311$125$7,289,5425Focus
3The LEGO Movie$91,96859%610-740$151$251,710,77710Warner Bros.
4Need For Speed$87,09054%613-1166$142$42,220,2145Disney / DreamWorks
5300: Rise of an Empire$71,99739%525-1030$137$105,144,6846Warner Bros.
6Sabotage (2014)$58,14015%751-1735$77$10,178,2543Open Road
7Son of God$56,14224%905424$62$59,071,0297Fox
8Frozen (2013)$48,24232%34423$140$399,529,93521Disney
9Cesar Chavez$39,09836%305-359$128$5,254,1253Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,74544%261-24$106$63,846,51813Open Road
11Gravity$19,85436%202-53$98$273,872,68828Warner Bros.
12Frankie & Alice$16,0802%1710$94$624,0332Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
13Ride Along$15,0200%177-59$85$134,171,51013Universal
14Philomena$9,48644%157-40$60$37,590,96721Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$9,35236%135-290$69$15,866,6185Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,65717%101-29$26$258,360,28218Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,63974%370$1,261$522,7912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$13,31025%48--$277$129,8321Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,00924%80--$125$170,2632RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$9,57319%4238$228$137,5792Fox Searchlight
5Cuban Fury$7,74633%79--$98$70,6751eOne Films US
6The Railway Man$7,20428%4--$1,801$74,6911Weinstein Company
712 Years a Slave$5,74258%64-64$90$56,577,23126Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,97454%83-48$60$30,463,5848Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$3,40920%3915$87$218,4347GKIDS
10Her (2013)$3,05018%38-47$80$25,561,71017Warner Bros.
11Gloria (2014)$2,6361%247$110$2,069,94212Roadside Attractions
12August: Osage County$2,497152%27-15$92$37,721,57116Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$2,49363%33-19$76$27,276,16724Focus
14Veronica Mars$1,42316%23-51$62$3,312,4815Warner Bros.
15Watermark$1,103122%31$368$21,8132eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$134191%1-1$134$29,57710Rialto Pictures