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 Sun, Apr. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$6,397,295-23%2,417--$2,647$29,556,4141Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,746,515-44%3,825-113$1,502$200,501,5103Disney
3Rio 2$4,693,450-43%3,97527$1,181$75,045,1222Fox
4Transcendence$2,252,943-41%3,455--$652$10,886,3861Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$1,765,345-42%2,310--$764$8,843,8751Open Road
6Noah$1,413,974-27%2,537-745$557$93,277,1294Paramount
7God's Not Dead$1,224,872-29%1,796-64$682$48,172,0755Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Draft Day$1,207,898-49%2,7810$434$19,360,8632Lionsgate / Summit
9Divergent$1,148,226-49%2,486-624$462$133,776,4915Lionsgate / Summit
10Oculus$1,105,113-46%2,6480$417$21,146,2712Relativity Media
11Bears$907,942-42%1,720--$528$4,776,2671Disneynature
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$772,889-48%1,280-187$604$44,964,9297Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$288,488-32%135--$2,137$1,073,8981UTV Motion Pictures
2Muppets Most Wanted$211,523-43%929-1332$228$48,307,8185Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,272-49%780-1221$184$107,164,8047Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Non-Stop (2014)$86,225-44%360-402$240$90,147,1308Universal
5The LEGO Movie$82,660-47%340-270$243$252,259,05611Warner Bros.
6Son of God$65,445-32%503-402$130$59,437,0418Fox
7Frozen (2013)$53,808-51%290-54$186$399,877,96722Disney
8300: Rise of an Empire$52,014-44%265-260$196$105,481,7457Warner Bros.
9Bad Words$37,017-45%223-540$166$7,563,0886Focus
10Dom Hemingway$34,351-44%12987$266$300,0143Fox Searchlight
11The Monuments Men$30,191-52%221-44$137$77,495,40511Sony / Columbia
12RoboCop (2014)$28,479-40%175-19$163$57,735,25910Sony / Columbia
13Cesar Chavez$23,641-32%117-188$202$5,391,2874Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Nut Job$22,033-49%201-60$110$64,015,09314Open Road
15Make Your Move$20,645-32%142--$145$81,1721High Top Releasing
16Sabotage (2014)$20,621-35%130-621$159$10,353,4434Open Road
17Gravity$16,121-48%145-57$111$273,980,13229Warner Bros.
183 Days to Kill$15,068-46%11027$137$30,539,4219Relativity Media
19About Last Night$13,514-44%10983$124$48,569,01810Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$11,438-41%114-21$100$15,925,7296Lionsgate
21Philomena$6,485-50%101-56$64$37,638,92222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$40,082-47%2622$1,542$252,4022Weinstein Company
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,800-45%370$995$816,4643Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joe (2014)$17,343-48%480$361$226,9512Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$10,019-30%49-31$204$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
5Frankie & Alice$8,156-32%43-128$190$674,1513Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Pompeii$7,393-20%64-29$116$23,219,7489Sony / TriStar
712 Years a Slave$5,927-44%53-11$112$56,614,63327Fox Searchlight
8Watermark$4,557-45%85$570$42,8613eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$4,351-26%31-8$140$241,9548GKIDS
1013 Sins$2,419-31%45--$54$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$2,355-13%13-11$181$2,083,11813Roadside Attractions
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,024-55%1--$2,024$10,9031Rialto Pictures
13Dallas Buyers Club$1,790-47%14-19$128$27,289,11625Focus
14Cuban Fury$1,764-56%8-71$221$90,3102eOne Films US
15Veronica Mars$1,063-45%15-8$71$3,319,1096Warner Bros.
16Gabrielle (2014)$791-34%1--$791$3,0241eOne Films US
17August: Osage County$500-64%16-11$31$37,726,51217Weinstein Company