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 Sun, Jun. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,695,816-21%4,253--$3,220$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$13,200,086-30%3,306--$3,993$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
3Edge of Tomorrow$5,837,075-4%3,50515$1,665$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
4Maleficent$5,345,047-27%3,623-325$1,475$163,021,5293Disney
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,360,831-10%3,042-597$1,105$206,256,6104Fox
6The Fault in Our Stars$2,690,947-53%3,273100$822$80,767,2002Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$1,220,9881%2,088-1022$585$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,062,630-15%2,413-747$440$37,107,0203Universal
9Chef$644,217-31%1,102-196$585$13,987,9796Open Road
10Neighbors (2014)$596,295-38%1,896-778$315$143,022,2156Universal
11Blended$508,288-24%1,581-1347$321$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Million Dollar Arm$308,3558%577-1066$534$33,471,3025Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$296,438-22%682-799$435$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
3Belle$142,550-34%338-138$422$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$118,700-25%383-319$310$126,666,67010Fox
5Heaven is for Real$112,872-10%53286$212$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
6Divergent$112,409-24%33638$335$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
7Words and Pictures$105,466-38%217119$486$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
8The LEGO Movie$79,685-2%30127$265$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
9The Grand Seduction$75,595-38%104-3$727$1,280,0883eOne Films US
10Holiday (2014)$58,616-13%102-42$575$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
11The Grand Budapest Hotel$57,299-32%149-36$385$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
12The Other Woman (2014)$51,033-53%244-245$209$82,733,1668Fox
13The Signal (2014)$50,789-7%120--$423$155,6421Focus
14God's Not Dead$42,487-9%150-50$283$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$39,985-31%207-17$193$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Immigrant$39,382-44%140-5$281$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
17Noah$23,777-3%103-33$231$101,163,60712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$38,918-14%412$949$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$17,532-23%85-14$206$20,222,2028Relativity Media
3Fed Up$13,214-19%56-32$236$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
4Moms' Night Out$11,387-43%81-211$141$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,123-39%18--$451$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$6,062-46%50-127$121$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$5,294-29%53-60$100$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$4,601-32%58-47$79$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,989-25%43-41$93$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$3,314-23%31-16$107$27,674,14510Relativity Media
11The Hornet's Nest$1,52829%3-13$509$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
12Filmistaan$1,365-46%8-16$171$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$518-13%1--$518$14,3154Rialto Pictures
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$21748%1-1$217$139,6019Rialto Pictures
15Heropanti$160-34%1-2$160$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
16The Unknown Known$95-73%30$32$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
17Blue Ruin$75-85%2-1$38$256,9068RADiUS-TWC