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 Mon, May. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$7,672,038-66%3,952--$1,941$100,860,4221Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,567,675-60%3,31132$775$93,158,7752Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,521,853-69%3,991-333$381$173,691,7173Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$818,452-70%3,019--$271$11,334,1111Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$623,260-61%3,054-252$204$72,295,2764Fox
6Heaven is for Real$412,750-68%2,893-155$143$82,641,3435Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$378,802-68%2,371-602$160$118,370,0176Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$373,678-63%2,271-430$165$250,905,9827Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$198,153-68%2,578-80$77$6,762,6302Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$175,415-59%1,0462$168$7,376,3172Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$123,336-56%630-140$196$55,601,84011Fox Searchlight
2Divergent$117,817-61%991-242$119$146,907,5599Lionsgate / Summit
3Belle$108,878-61%173128$629$1,876,6223Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$88,809-59%780-220$114$59,012,9729Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Bears$61,011-49%580-663$105$16,900,7335Disneynature
6Brick Mansions$51,351-64%724-1230$71$19,661,2974Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$49,573-69%355-46$140$254,391,82315Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$34,626-58%1832$189$2,784,5726Weinstein Company
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,812-68%319-38$93$109,332,86611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Noah$27,223-59%286-191$95$100,289,5748Paramount
11Transcendence$26,415-70%315-200$84$22,662,2555Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$24,482-75%495-325$49$28,418,0996Lionsgate / Summit
13Non-Stop (2014)$18,615-74%220-16$85$91,458,01512Universal
14300: Rise of an Empire$13,750-85%155-36$89$106,501,87811Warner Bros.
15The Quiet Ones$12,686-62%341-792$37$8,370,1494Lionsgate
16Oculus$9,451-56%140-270$68$27,440,4826Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$8,056-68%124-402$65$17,067,7055Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$72,035-63%7266$1,000$1,063,5972Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,765-8%371$886$1,866,1827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$26,332-56%55--$479$395,5402RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$6,607-51%3--$2,202$50,6711Weinstein Company
52 States$3,383-69%32-27$106$2,225,0595UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$2,561-56%8354$31$7,766,58810Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,499-59%1713$147$56,0252Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,696-37%24-37$71$240,7524RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$891-62%46-22$19$59,682,00812Fox
10Philomena$864-39%9-4$96$37,708,58326Weinstein Company
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$655-64%8-21$82$118,5375Rialto Pictures
12Joe (2014)$400-51%10-13$40$372,2976Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$103-37%3-3$34$266,9737RADiUS-TWC