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. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$5,811,624-40%3,205--$1,813$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,485,096-39%3,620-205$1,239$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$4,453,547-24%2,705288$1,646$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$4,322,095-31%3,703-272$1,167$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$2,346,441-35%2,647--$886$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$1,155,306-37%3,4550$334$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7Bears$1,078,139-26%1,7200$627$11,281,5252Disneynature
8Divergent$926,704-44%2,066-420$449$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$879,415-20%1,600-196$550$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
10A Haunted House 2$841,206-40%2,3100$364$14,183,3352Open Road
11The Quiet Ones$766,714-52%2,027--$378$3,880,0531Lionsgate
12Draft Day$719,587-42%2,080-701$346$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13Noah$688,719-32%1,604-933$429$97,314,5525Paramount
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$647,057-44%1,021-259$634$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
15Oculus$532,283-43%1,881-767$283$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$157,759-41%156130$1,011$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$154,753-41%468-312$331$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$113,047-39%1372$825$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$103,743-39%303-37$342$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$69,389-28%32560$214$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
6Frozen (2013)$61,590-28%227-63$271$400,175,40123Disney
7Non-Stop (2014)$50,515-47%252-108$200$90,490,7059Universal
8The Nut Job$32,333-31%160-41$202$64,165,44415Open Road
9RoboCop (2014)$29,336-29%147-28$200$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
10The Monuments Men$28,931-44%166-55$174$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
11Son of God$23,699-14%211-292$112$59,569,9289Fox
12Dom Hemingway$18,165-34%119-10$153$435,1874Fox Searchlight
13Bad Words$11,526-47%114-109$101$7,678,8687Focus
14Gravity$10,404-43%105-40$99$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,391-25%370$1,011$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
23 Days to Kill$11,502-35%85-25$135$30,610,84410Relativity Media
3Cesar Chavez$11,233-1%45-72$250$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Joe (2014)$11,012-34%41-7$269$298,3523Roadside Attractions
5Sabotage (2014)$10,710-30%75-55$143$10,431,7685Open Road
6About Last Night$7,473-52%67-42$112$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$4,646-34%87-27$53$15,968,1247Lionsgate
8Philomena$3,962-44%33-68$120$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
9Ernest & Celestine$3,678-12%20-11$184$258,9609GKIDS
10Watermark$3,133-37%168$196$64,2664eOne Films US
11The Unknown Known$2,569-26%22-27$117$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
12Gloria (2014)$1,778-44%9-4$198$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
13Frankie & Alice$1,359-39%24-19$57$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14August: Osage County$1,299-46%7-9$186$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
15Make Your Move$1,213-45%40-102$30$122,2932High Top Releasing
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,085-46%2--$543$34,03312Rialto Pictures
17Dallas Buyers Club$895-55%12-2$75$27,296,51426Focus
18Gabrielle (2014)$290-17%10$290$4,8042eOne Films US
19Godzilla: The Japanese Original$252-32%10$252$21,8742Rialto Pictures