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 Fri, Jun. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$41,868,135--4,233--$9,891$41,868,1351Paramount
222 Jump Street$5,135,43175%3,426120$1,499$129,572,3233Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,120,78931%3,750-518$1,099$112,835,3213Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$3,383,399108%2,2250$1,521$41,151,7592Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$2,598,65149%3,073-377$846$196,232,0415Disney
6Jersey Boys$2,259,43861%2,9050$778$21,991,9242Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$1,848,10037%2,845-495$650$106,593,1184Fox
8Edge of Tomorrow$1,603,87168%2,535-677$633$80,548,5034Warner Bros.
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$966,47142%2,014-667$480$221,059,9436Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$435,20389%801-160$543$18,191,2528Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$297,71033%750-615$397$196,382,8107Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$247,40560%510-523$485$146,702,7908Universal
4Blended$181,71743%475-367$383$43,134,5066Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$169,255-4%483-934$350$41,328,2105Universal
6Rio 2$140,72574%32212$437$127,843,85912Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$96,63726%274-160$353$199,959,7189Sony / Columbia
8Belle$71,49530%175-69$409$9,471,6879Fox Searchlight
9Heaven is for Real$70,611129%21110$335$90,009,16111Sony / TriStar
10The Grand Seduction$67,36672%119-5$566$1,993,0365eOne Films US
11Divergent$62,74634%210-79$299$150,411,42215Lionsgate / Summit
12The Other Woman (2014)$50,07832%195-36$257$83,292,18510Fox
13The LEGO Movie$48,96622%33520$146$256,902,69221Warner Bros.
14Words and Pictures$37,85020%105-70$360$1,633,2126Roadside Attractions
15Moms' Night Out$28,077302%11767$240$10,220,8588Sony / TriStar
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$26,0966%141-38$185$110,963,65617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Signal (2014)$20,38114%180-24$113$506,6693Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,10110%410$1,173$3,449,74913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snowpiercer$45,852--8--$5,732$45,8521RADiUS-TWC
3Begin Again$43,303--5--$8,661$43,3031Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$31,71969%90-22$352$58,462,06017Fox Searchlight
5Brick Mansions$23,461363%31-29$757$20,328,71710Relativity Media
6God's Not Dead$18,21217%90-22$202$60,563,30615Freestyle / Pure Flix
7The Immigrant$17,91413%61-49$294$1,934,1477Weinstein Company
8America (2014)$12,364--3--$4,121$12,3641Lionsgate
9Fed Up$7,1220%32-15$223$1,437,0978RADiUS-TWC
10Yves Saint Laurent$6,95343%2--$3,477$18,6071Weinstein Company
11Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$5,559-3%31-15$179$157,2664RADiUS-TWC
12The Railway Man$4,282-32%38-46$113$4,395,19112Weinstein Company
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,210-62%21-31$153$8,427,2708Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$1,773--10--$177$1,7731Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$152-7%2-1$76$306,3828Freestyle Releasing
16The Unknown Known$150305%1-1$150$276,10613RADiUS-TWC