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. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$6,944,417-9%3,952--$1,757$107,804,8391Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,498,250-3%3,31132$755$95,657,0252Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,356,513-11%3,991-333$340$175,048,2303Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$858,7865%3,019--$284$12,192,8971Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$674,2838%3,054-252$221$72,969,5594Fox
6Heaven is for Real$425,7163%2,893-155$147$83,067,0595Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$345,985-7%2,271-430$152$251,251,9677Disney
8Rio 2$262,844-31%2,371-602$111$118,632,8616Fox
9Moms' Night Out$227,05229%1,0462$217$7,603,3692Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$167,454-15%2,578-80$65$6,930,0842Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$110,672-6%991-242$112$147,018,2319Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$110,314-11%630-140$175$55,712,15411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$108,7660%173128$629$1,985,3883Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$89,1680%780-220$114$59,102,1409Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Brick Mansions$58,20113%724-1230$80$19,719,4984Relativity Media
6Bears$52,312-14%580-663$90$16,953,0455Disneynature
7The LEGO Movie$42,624-14%355-46$120$254,434,44715Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$36,8606%1832$201$2,821,4326Weinstein Company
9Transcendence$27,8485%315-200$88$22,690,1035Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$25,5644%495-325$52$28,443,6636Lionsgate / Summit
11Noah$22,866-16%286-191$80$100,312,4408Paramount
12Non-Stop (2014)$22,06519%220-16$100$91,480,08012Universal
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,790-27%319-38$68$109,354,65611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Quiet Ones$14,88417%341-792$44$8,385,0334Lionsgate
15300: Rise of an Empire$11,950-13%155-36$77$106,513,82811Warner Bros.
16Oculus$9,303-2%140-270$66$27,449,7856Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$9,10313%124-402$73$17,076,8085Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$67,067-7%7266$931$1,130,6642Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$26,583-19%371$718$1,892,7657Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$20,599-22%55--$375$416,1392RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$5,812-12%3--$1,937$56,4831Weinstein Company
52 States$3,3850%32-27$106$2,228,4445UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$3,07320%8354$37$7,769,66110Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,5984%1713$153$58,6232Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,673-1%24-37$70$242,4254RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$99211%46-22$22$59,683,00012Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$85731%8-21$107$119,3945Rialto Pictures
11Philomena$597-31%9-4$66$37,709,18026Weinstein Company
12Joe (2014)$363-9%10-13$36$372,6606Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$12420%3-3$41$267,0977RADiUS-TWC