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 Fri, Apr. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$9,503,748120%3,825-113$2,485$184,418,2023Disney
2Rio 2$9,283,530158%3,97527$2,335$62,168,9102Fox
3Heaven is for Real$7,850,885136%2,417--$3,248$14,885,0781Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$4,813,369--3,455--$1,393$4,813,3691Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$4,045,237--2,310--$1,751$4,045,2371Open Road
6Bears$2,311,688--1,720--$1,344$2,311,6881Disneynature
7Divergent$2,226,647133%2,486-624$896$130,391,5145Lionsgate / Summit
8Draft Day$2,156,851136%2,7810$776$15,804,6382Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,021,10398%2,6480$763$18,010,4942Relativity Media
10God's Not Dead$1,696,995150%1,796-64$945$45,222,3085Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Noah$1,660,046109%2,537-745$654$89,933,8724Paramount
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,166,055116%1,280-187$911$42,715,4567Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$471,70624%929-1332$508$47,722,2595Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$362,11437%780-1221$464$106,738,6957Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$361,336--135--$2,677$361,3361UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$161,453102%340-270$475$252,021,04311Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$138,42596%360-402$385$89,906,2858Universal
6Son of God$108,982124%503-402$217$59,275,3198Fox
7Frozen (2013)$96,320103%290-54$332$399,715,39322Disney
8300: Rise of an Empire$86,88158%265-260$328$105,336,4587Warner Bros.
9Bad Words$60,64117%223-540$272$7,458,9596Focus
10The Monuments Men$51,421--221-44$233$77,402,83011Sony / Columbia
11Dom Hemingway$49,302426%12987$382$204,6413Fox Searchlight
12The Nut Job$44,88144%201-60$223$63,949,85714Open Road
13RoboCop (2014)$39,436--175-19$225$57,659,18410Sony / Columbia
14Make Your Move$30,089--142--$212$30,0891High Top Releasing
15Sabotage (2014)$28,835-34%130-621$222$10,301,0964Open Road
16About Last Night$26,043--10983$239$48,531,57510Sony / Screen Gems
17Cesar Chavez$24,951-6%117-188$213$5,332,9984Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Gravity$24,19922%145-57$167$273,932,88429Warner Bros.
193 Days to Kill$24,054448%11027$219$30,496,5309Relativity Media
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,100136%114-21$132$15,894,8276Lionsgate
21Philomena$10,88721%101-56$108$37,619,55122Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$80,83838%370$2,185$712,8393Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$49,153662%2622$1,891$137,3032Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$23,561115%480$491$176,0552Roadside Attractions
4Frankie & Alice$9,69510%43-128$225$653,9763Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
512 Years a Slave$9,42640%53-11$178$56,598,08727Fox Searchlight
6The Unknown Known$9,257-16%49-31$189$201,2293RADiUS-TWC
7Pompeii$8,443--64-29$132$23,203,0909Sony / TriStar
8Watermark$5,929416%85$741$29,9873eOne Films US
9Godzilla: The Japanese Original$4,423--1--$4,423$4,4231Rialto Pictures
10Ernest & Celestine$3,609-30%31-8$116$231,6938GKIDS
11Dallas Buyers Club$3,49547%14-19$250$27,283,97725Focus
1213 Sins$3,337--45--$74$3,3371RADiUS-TWC
13Gloria (2014)$1,863-8%13-11$143$2,078,05913Roadside Attractions
14Veronica Mars$1,76682%15-8$118$3,316,1266Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$1,709-69%8-71$214$84,5262eOne Films US
16August: Osage County$1,36050%16-11$85$37,724,62017Weinstein Company
17Gabrielle (2014)$1,039--1--$1,039$1,0391eOne Films US