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 Wed, May. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$4,123,636-34%4,324--$954$107,139,9851Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$1,245,200-19%3,23833$385$51,374,1932Fox
3Heaven is for Real$656,299-23%2,930225$224$67,608,6513Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$538,107-19%3,179-441$169$238,868,6925Disney
5Rio 2$337,163-24%3,314-389$102$107,698,9844Fox
6Brick Mansions$299,892-24%2,6470$113$16,616,3722Relativity Media
7God's Not Dead$179,522-10%1,330-270$135$56,094,1247Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Divergent$171,202-12%1,639-427$104$143,180,1737Lionsgate / Summit
9Bears$156,893-14%1,79070$88$14,824,4223Disneynature
10Draft Day$137,6593%1,354-726$102$26,804,5354Lionsgate / Summit
11The Quiet Ones$130,187-19%2,0270$64$7,178,3082Lionsgate
12Transcendence$124,582-17%1,775-1680$70$21,757,9163Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$95,333-10%1,328-982$72$16,424,3533Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$186,732-8%884-137$211$52,096,5579Fox Searchlight
2Noah$87,446-13%929-675$94$99,295,5386Paramount
3Oculus$73,614-12%884-997$83$26,928,9304Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$51,384-2%1648$313$1,776,0224Weinstein Company
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,115-3%410-58$44$108,602,9359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The LEGO Movie$17,311-20%220-83$79$253,160,55713Warner Bros.
7Non-Stop (2014)$15,155-14%218-34$70$90,761,87010Universal
8300: Rise of an Empire$14,405-3%235-90$61$106,078,3949Warner Bros.
9Son of God$3,558-10%126-85$28$59,642,64910Fox
10The Nut Job$2,914-19%101-59$29$64,248,10016Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,14814%370$680$1,391,7765Warner Bros. / IMAX
22 States$11,830-28%96-41$123$2,059,8603UTV Motion Pictures
3Belle$9,521-9%4--$2,380$136,0881Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$8,5961%60--$143$146,8262RADiUS-TWC
5Cesar Chavez$5,93016%9752$61$5,566,8726Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Walk of Shame$5,587-7%51--$110$55,7281Focus World
7Decoding Annie Parker$4,100246%13--$315$31,6561eOne Films US
8Dom Hemingway$3,280-14%47-72$70$506,3205Fox Searchlight
9Joe (2014)$3,155-17%39-2$81$351,2554Roadside Attractions
10Sabotage (2014)$2,858-15%60-15$48$10,480,9396Open Road
113 Days to Kill$2,568-8%64-21$40$30,663,04911Relativity Media
12Bad Words$2,558-17%40-74$64$7,726,4218Focus
13Gravity$1,918-7%65-40$30$274,090,59631Warner Bros.
14Philomena$1,64222%22-11$75$37,695,91824Weinstein Company
15Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,093-48%1211$91$45,9573Rialto Pictures
16Watermark$7717%11-5$70$78,9195eOne Films US
17Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$42565%1-1$425$41,42713Rialto Pictures
18Gloria (2014)$342-89%90$38$2,103,29115Roadside Attractions
19The Unknown Known$321-64%15-7$21$264,4655RADiUS-TWC
20August: Osage County$108-11%3-4$36$37,738,73319Weinstein Company