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, Jun. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$10,812,73716%3,3060$3,271$102,588,0432Sony / Columbia
2Think Like a Man Too$10,308,403-15%2,225--$4,633$22,488,4591Sony / Screen Gems
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$10,066,29732%4,26815$2,359$87,579,2022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$5,250,65231%3,450-173$1,522$182,218,3414Disney
5Jersey Boys$5,215,36712%2,905--$1,795$9,860,2551Warner Bros.
6Edge of Tomorrow$4,183,65739%3,212-293$1,303$71,368,9833Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$3,191,9342%3,34067$956$96,440,8903Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,612,00541%2,681-361$974$215,058,1075Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$779,32941%1,365-723$571$194,428,9436Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$679,49035%1,417-996$480$39,885,1254Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$593,69034%1,033-863$575$145,385,9407Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$780,23262%961-141$812$16,357,5877Open Road
2Blended$419,22325%842-739$498$42,105,4745Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$271,16038%434-248$625$199,345,5618Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$168,67627%310-73$544$127,264,30811Fox
5Belle$139,11451%244-94$570$9,110,5398Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$108,92424%289-47$377$150,086,49614Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$107,94059%12420$870$1,705,3494eOne Films US
8Words and Pictures$95,36054%175-42$545$1,420,2475Roadside Attractions
9The Other Woman (2014)$92,68431%231-13$401$83,037,2739Fox
10Heaven is for Real$70,60628%201-331$351$89,757,86310Sony / TriStar
11The LEGO Movie$67,82920%31514$215$256,648,28620Warner Bros.
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$59,80051%112-37$534$58,313,64616Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$59,27329%20484$291$359,2202Focus
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$44,77127%179-28$250$110,815,47816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Immigrant$39,33665%110-30$358$1,833,1656Weinstein Company
16God's Not Dead$35,98426%112-38$321$60,453,60714Freestyle / Pure Flix

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,813-10%410$1,093$3,208,22512Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moms' Night Out$22,99753%50-31$460$10,156,1427Sony / TriStar
3Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$20,33771%4628$442$113,5593RADiUS-TWC
4The Railway Man$14,48332%8434$172$4,352,02511Weinstein Company
5Brick Mansions$12,61744%60-25$210$20,274,7209Relativity Media
6Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$12,440-2%529$239$8,377,2357Clarius Entertainment
7Fed Up$10,46021%47-9$223$1,392,2177RADiUS-TWC
8Oculus$2,90258%17-14$171$27,687,47311Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$931-2%30$310$303,9287Freestyle Releasing
10The Unknown Known$18820%2-1$94$275,52312RADiUS-TWC
11Blue Ruin$186-9%1-1$186$257,9539RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$44-92%21$22$142,69810Rialto Pictures