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 Sat, May. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$32,160,363-16%3,952--$8,138$70,570,9701Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$10,083,61518%3,31132$3,045$84,136,2902Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,388,73462%3,991-333$1,851$167,306,7623Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$4,315,91124%3,019--$1,430$7,783,9151Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$2,662,75030%3,054-252$872$70,079,0424Fox
6Heaven is for Real$1,822,80445%2,893-155$630$80,932,5605Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,679,04094%2,371-602$708$116,796,3626Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,621,78159%2,271-430$714$249,510,4247Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$874,58687%2,578-80$339$5,950,4382Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$728,81817%1,0462$697$6,777,0762Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$518,22649%991-242$523$146,490,3299Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$460,18154%630-140$730$55,195,81611Fox Searchlight
3Belle$407,25560%173128$2,354$1,489,1673Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$305,97244%780-220$392$58,705,2589Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$238,40189%355-46$672$254,182,33715Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$219,06450%724-1230$303$19,468,8814Relativity Media
7Draft Day$162,60250%495-325$328$28,294,3046Lionsgate / Summit
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$140,38899%319-38$440$109,209,25311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Bears$137,57717%580-663$237$16,719,5665Disneynature
10300: Rise of an Empire$136,452173%155-36$880$106,393,34411Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$135,54955%1832$741$2,667,1526Weinstein Company
12Non-Stop (2014)$132,990112%220-16$605$91,366,90012Universal
13Transcendence$117,49057%315-200$373$22,548,3715Warner Bros.
14Noah$89,83262%286-191$314$100,196,2878Paramount
15The Quiet Ones$74,76442%341-792$219$8,323,7144Lionsgate
16A Haunted House 2$43,40382%124-402$350$17,034,4755Open Road
17Oculus$34,83939%140-270$249$27,409,7176Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$314,00057%7266$4,361$796,8722Open Road
2Fed Up$73,29846%55--$1,333$308,7962RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,550-17%371$1,312$1,797,9117Warner Bros. / IMAX
4RoboCop (2014)$34,755150%81-65$429$58,553,93014Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$24,48749%94-28$261$78,019,07415Sony / Columbia
6The Immigrant$18,66058%3--$6,220$30,5021Weinstein Company
72 States$15,54863%32-27$486$2,210,8225UTV Motion Pictures
8Bad Words$9,34259%8354$113$7,758,21810Focus
9The Hornet's Nest$8,179-6%1713$481$47,3692Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$3,57920%24-37$149$236,3834RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,31542%8-11$414$116,0805Rialto Pictures
12Son of God$3,00622%46-22$65$59,678,74812Fox
13Philomena$1,33540%9-4$148$37,706,29226Weinstein Company
14Joe (2014)$97479%10-13$97$371,0826Roadside Attractions
15The Unknown Known$32998%3-3$110$266,7067RADiUS-TWC