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 Wed, Apr. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$3,703,141--2,417--$1,532$3,703,1410Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,524,058-25%3,9380$895$170,596,7452Disney
3Rio 2$3,032,294-29%3,948--$768$49,288,0981Fox
4Oculus$870,306-24%2,648--$329$14,969,0401Relativity Media
5Draft Day$828,718-34%2,781--$298$12,734,8861Lionsgate / Summit
6Divergent$776,429-23%3,110-521$250$127,209,5934Lionsgate / Summit
7Noah$754,152-28%3,282-289$230$87,479,3233Paramount
8God's Not Dead$609,724-22%1,860102$328$42,847,1434Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$507,413-16%1,467204$346$41,009,4926Fox Searchlight
10Muppets Most Wanted$358,064-30%2,026-1026$177$46,870,3084Disney
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,456-32%1,577-1354$166$106,112,7776Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$68,895-25%610-740$113$251,779,67210Warner Bros.
2Non-Stop (2014)$67,240-35%640-1084$105$89,697,1457Universal
3Bad Words$56,899-40%763-311$75$7,346,4415Focus
4Need For Speed$56,266-35%558-1221$101$42,276,4805Disney / DreamWorks
5Sabotage (2014)$50,004-14%751-1735$67$10,228,2583Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$49,997-31%525-1030$95$105,194,6816Warner Bros.
7Son of God$46,646-17%808327$58$59,117,6757Fox
8Frozen (2013)$41,669-14%34423$121$399,571,60421Disney
9Cesar Chavez$27,440-30%305-359$90$5,281,5653Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,190-2%261-24$104$63,873,70813Open Road
11Gravity$16,177-19%202-53$80$273,888,86528Warner Bros.
12Ride Along$14,160-6%177-59$80$134,185,67013Universal
13Frankie & Alice$11,407-29%1710$67$635,4402Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Philomena$8,726-8%157-40$56$37,599,69321Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,707-28%135-290$50$15,873,3255Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,8226%101-29$28$258,363,10418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,8409%370$1,374$573,6312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$11,697-12%48--$244$141,5291Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,7337%80--$134$180,9962RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$8,381-12%4238$200$145,9602Fox Searchlight
5The Railway Man$7,008-3%4--$1,752$81,6991Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$6,651-14%79--$84$77,3261eOne Films US
712 Years a Slave$4,686-18%64-64$73$56,581,91726Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,505-9%83-48$54$30,468,0898Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$4,46731%3915$115$222,9017GKIDS
10Gloria (2014)$4,23461%247$176$2,074,17612Roadside Attractions
11Her (2013)$2,929-4%38-47$77$25,564,63917Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$1,941-22%33-19$59$27,278,10824Focus
13Watermark$1,096-1%31$365$22,9092eOne Films US
14Veronica Mars$910-36%23-51$40$3,313,3915Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$781-69%27-15$29$37,722,35216Weinstein Company
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78-42%10$78$29,65510Rialto Pictures