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, May. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$6,239,73121%4,324--$1,443$103,016,3491Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,535,44148%3,23833$474$50,128,9932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$848,15541%2,930225$289$66,952,3523Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$664,00530%3,179-441$209$238,330,5855Disney
5Rio 2$441,53731%3,314-389$133$107,361,8214Fox
6Brick Mansions$392,87833%2,6470$148$16,316,4802Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$199,39530%1,330-270$150$55,914,6027Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$194,27233%1,639-427$119$143,008,9717Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$183,08955%1,79070$102$14,667,5293Disneynature
10The Quiet Ones$161,24823%2,0270$80$7,048,1212Lionsgate
11Transcendence$150,97330%1,775-1680$85$21,633,3343Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$133,73625%1,354-726$99$26,666,8764Lionsgate / Summit
13A Haunted House 2$106,1338%1,328-982$80$16,329,0203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$203,74930%884-137$230$51,909,8259Fox Searchlight
2Noah$100,03321%929-675$108$99,208,0926Paramount
3Oculus$83,58020%884-997$95$26,855,3164Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$52,51723%1648$320$1,724,6384Weinstein Company
5The LEGO Movie$21,69848%220-83$99$253,143,24613Warner Bros.
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,7094%410-58$46$108,584,8209Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Non-Stop (2014)$17,54035%218-34$80$90,746,71510Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,85115%235-90$63$16,063,9899Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,95811%126-85$31$59,639,09110Fox
10The Nut Job$3,59127%101-59$36$64,245,18616Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$22,12323%370$598$1,366,6285Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$16,499103%96-41$172$2,048,0303UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$10,49611%4--$2,624$126,5071Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,4973%60--$142$138,2302RADiUS-TWC
5Walk of Shame$5,99737%51--$118$50,1411Focus World
6Cesar Chavez$5,0962%9752$53$5,560,9426Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Dom Hemingway$3,82031%47-72$81$503,0405Fox Searchlight
8Joe (2014)$3,78550%39-2$97$348,1004Roadside Attractions
9Sabotage (2014)$3,36311%60-15$56$10,478,0816Open Road
10Bad Words$3,06787%40-74$77$7,723,8638Focus
11Gloria (2014)$2,978967%90$331$2,102,94915Roadside Attractions
123 Days to Kill$2,79030%64-21$44$30,660,48111Relativity Media
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,12014%1211$177$44,8643Rialto Pictures
14Gravity$2,06324%65-40$32$274,088,67831Warner Bros.
15Philomena$1,34446%22-11$61$37,694,27624Weinstein Company
16Decoding Annie Parker$1,184-88%13--$91$27,5561eOne Films US
17The Unknown Known$88035%15-7$59$264,1445RADiUS-TWC
18Watermark$72115%11-5$66$78,1485eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2588%1-1$258$41,00213Rialto Pictures
20August: Osage County$12218%3-4$41$37,738,62519Weinstein Company