Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 13 - Sun, Jan. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$24,100,000--2,863--$8,418$24,100,0001Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,490,000--2,625--$7,044$18,490,0001Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$11,500,000-42%3,346-209$3,437$186,746,7895Paramount
4Joyful Noise$11,345,000--2,735--$4,148$11,345,0001Warner Bros.
5Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,410,000-39%3,155-448$2,666$170,009,6445Warner Bros.
6The Devil Inside$7,900,000-77%2,551266$3,097$46,246,8472Paramount
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,800,000-40%2,674-276$2,543$87,980,8494Sony / Columbia
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,800,000-39%2,849-576$2,036$118,781,2885Fox
9War Horse$5,607,000-35%2,85673$1,963$65,778,9634Disney / DreamWorks
10We Bought a Zoo$5,200,000-37%2,909-261$1,788$63,688,5344Fox
11The Adventures of Tintin$4,000,000-41%2,073-933$1,930$67,705,2064Paramount
12New Year's Eve$1,050,000-66%1,092-772$962$53,704,1276Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Darkest Hour$1,024,000-67%1,182-981$866$20,473,1744Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$5,386,0002954%802797$6,716$5,973,6213Weinstein Company
2Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$3,160,945-42%88677$3,568$15,103,4856Focus
3The Descendants$2,035,000-21%660-77$3,083$47,039,1969Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$1,167,0004%21644$5,403$8,763,7798Weinstein Company
5Hugo$950,000-41%545-298$1,743$54,066,6558Paramount
6Carnage (2011)$785,590618%494479$1,590$1,372,0555Sony Pictures Classics
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$779,000-47%708-350$1,100$279,648,6859Lionsgate / Summit
8A Dangerous Method$569,995104%10440$5,481$2,757,1878Sony Pictures Classics
9The Muppets$539,000-60%547-689$985$86,374,5288Disney
10The Sitter$455,000-61%449-309$1,013$29,592,2336Fox
11My Week with Marilyn$453,000-45%400-184$1,133$11,326,7108Weinstein Company
12Young Adult$425,000-67%387-443$1,098$15,700,8276Paramount
13Puss in Boots (2011)$400,000-32%316-35$1,266$147,137,12712Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$142,800-32%41-4$3,483$2,625,2237Fox Searchlight
2Pina$108,00030%63$18,000$540,1934IFC Films
3Pariah (2011)$98,631-10%2413$4,110$371,0003Focus
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$88,000-11%60$14,667$632,5164Warner Bros.
5A Separation$80,026-14%60$13,338$322,0493Sony Pictures Classics
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$44,000--2--$22,000$83,2976Oscilloscope
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$39,98524%1811$2,221$145,6284FilmDistrict
8Sing Your Song$12,301--2--$6,151$12,3011S2BN Films