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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 11 - Sun, Jun. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$56,000,000--3,663--$15,288$56,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$26,000,000--3,535--$7,355$26,000,0001Fox
3Shrek Forever After$15,800,000-38%3,868-518$4,085$210,052,0664Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$10,100,000-43%2,7025$3,738$36,558,3152Universal
5Killers$8,170,000-48%2,8590$2,858$30,423,6172Lionsgate
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$6,582,000-53%3,108-538$2,118$72,324,1523Disney
7Marmaduke$6,000,000-48%3,2130$1,867$22,278,8362Fox
8Sex and the City 2$5,525,000-55%2,750-695$2,009$84,745,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$4,550,000-43%2,305-702$1,974$299,311,1846Paramount
10Splice$2,860,000-61%2,4500$1,167$13,071,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$2,700,000-50%1,895-704$1,425$99,548,5405Universal
12Letters to Juliet$1,648,000-46%1,331-631$1,238$46,708,3015Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$575,000-26%430-228$1,337$96,240,42710Fox
2The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$375,222-6%1622$2,316$4,533,9529Sony Pictures Classics
3Just Wright$325,000-58%279-239$1,165$20,800,1305Fox Searchlight
4Please Give$320,00921%10316$3,107$2,122,8107Sony Pictures Classics
5How to Train Your Dragon$320,000-34%281-62$1,139$214,415,92212Paramount / DreamWorks
6City Island$269,000-13%160-17$1,681$5,661,77113Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$165,000101%268143$616$16,811,7837Summit
8Babies$159,376-37%146-35$1,092$6,843,6856Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$155,000-26%204-40$760$63,364,48713Fox
10Kick-Ass$105,00044%17861$590$47,787,4079Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Solitary Man$371,000113%5331$7,000$874,7224Anchor Bay
2Micmacs$118,484-17%4611$2,576$422,4673Sony Classics
3Harry Brown$117,59433%6313$1,867$1,356,3937Samuel Goldwyn
4Exit Through the Gift Shop$114,225-16%430$2,656$2,364,3229Producers Distribution Agency
5Mother and Child$89,691-28%532$1,692$580,5236Sony Pictures Classics
6Avatar$55,000-28%26-20$2,115$749,307,03226Fox
7Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$48,892--3--$16,297$48,89224Sony Pictures Classics
8The Ghost Writer$42,000-53%63-84$667$15,526,06617Summit
9Princess Kaiulani$34,365-21%261$1,322$770,9675Roadside Attractions
10Agora$30,690-26%51$6,138$144,7733Newmarket
11The Lottery$17,200--1--$17,200$17,2001Variance Films
12The Secret of Kells$14,091-33%15-9$939$596,07615GKIDS
13Cropsey$5,500-13%32$1,833$15,4652Cinema Purgatorio
14Best Worst Movie$5,17919%20$2,590$53,6548Area23a
15Racing Dreams$2,547--2--$1,274$2,5474Hanover House
16When You're Strange$2,45513%20$1,228$238,28610Abramorama