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. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$7,323,082-32%3,3060$2,215$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$7,016,845-30%4,26815$1,644$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Think Like a Man Too$6,753,452-34%2,225--$3,035$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
4Maleficent$3,660,993-30%3,450-173$1,061$185,879,3344Disney
5Jersey Boys$3,459,116-34%2,905--$1,191$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
6Edge of Tomorrow$2,622,590-37%3,212-293$816$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$2,253,153-29%3,34067$675$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,686,603-35%2,681-361$629$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$554,445-29%1,365-723$406$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$417,325-39%1,417-996$295$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$331,010-44%1,033-863$320$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$448,193-43%961-141$466$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$253,409-40%842-739$301$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$165,274-39%434-248$381$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$111,684-34%310-73$360$127,375,99211Fox
5Belle$87,712-37%244-94$359$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$73,539-32%289-47$254$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$64,368-40%12420$519$1,769,7174eOne Films US
8Words and Pictures$57,514-40%175-42$329$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
9The Other Woman (2014)$53,842-42%231-13$233$83,091,1159Fox
10Heaven is for Real$53,697-24%201-331$267$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
11The LEGO Movie$48,031-29%31514$152$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
12The Signal (2014)$44,366-25%20484$217$403,5862Focus
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$33,510-44%112-37$299$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,273-35%179-28$164$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15God's Not Dead$28,126-22%112-38$251$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$25,780-34%110-30$234$1,858,9456Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,139-22%410$857$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$12,329-39%4628$268$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
3Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$11,271-9%529$217$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
4Moms' Night Out$10,844-53%50-31$217$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
5Brick Mansions$10,798-14%60-25$180$20,285,5189Relativity Media
6The Railway Man$9,660-33%8434$115$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
7Fed Up$8,977-14%47-9$191$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
8Oculus$2,001-31%17-14$118$27,689,47411Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$1,09217%30$364$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$160-14%1-1$160$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$135-28%2-1$68$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$133202%21$67$142,83110Rialto Pictures