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, Jul. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$11,625,260-21%4,2330$2,746$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$6,471,581-26%3,465--$1,868$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$3,116,707-25%3,324-102$938$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$3,082,932-25%3,049--$1,011$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,738,713-21%3,297-453$831$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$2,554,368-19%3,230--$791$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$1,893,348-22%2,389-684$793$213,919,6646Disney
8Think Like a Man Too$1,427,138-33%1,729-496$825$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
9Jersey Boys$1,424,175-26%2,630-275$542$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$1,087,327-30%1,538-997$707$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$858,643-15%1,865-980$460$115,918,6425Fox
12America (2014)$787,365-17%1,1051102$713$4,062,7212Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$571,490-27%1,044-970$547$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$487,263-28%686-115$710$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$337,820-32%175170$1,930$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$320,817-18%250242$1,283$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$152,891-20%28915$529$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Neighbors (2014)$127,620-35%315-195$405$148,039,0559Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$125,213-31%352-398$356$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
7Rio 2$122,155-22%311-11$393$128,872,81413Fox
8Blended$87,688-43%305-170$288$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$73,680-47%227-256$325$42,264,7056Universal
10Heaven is for Real$63,428-21%186-25$341$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
11Belle$53,472-31%123-52$435$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
12Divergent$46,571-28%184-26$253$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
13The Other Woman (2014)$31,592-28%142-53$222$83,602,71511Fox
14The LEGO Movie$21,191-12%240-95$88$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$15,374-31%111-30$139$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$47,138-33%91-28$518$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$44,928-19%410$1,096$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$30,196-28%72-18$419$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$28,879-29%61-44$473$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
5Moms' Night Out$17,326-17%96-21$180$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
6Yves Saint Laurent$15,485-16%108$1,549$101,7022Weinstein Company
7God's Not Dead$11,700-21%60-30$195$60,684,37916Freestyle / Pure Flix
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,270-18%232$142$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,999-4%12-19$250$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
10Fed Up$2,89411%18-14$161$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
11The Signal (2014)$2,148-26%35-145$61$588,2054Focus
12The Railway Man$1,678-46%14-24$120$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$107-56%1--$107$144,56212Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$17-19%1-1$17$309,5519Freestyle Releasing