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, Feb. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$23,969,280-40%3,1212$7,680$78,238,8952Universal
2The Vow$23,600,000-43%2,9580$7,978$85,526,8372Sony / Screen Gems
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$22,000,000--3,174--$6,931$22,000,0001Sony / Columbia
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,085,000-27%3,50030$5,739$53,201,3422Warner Bros. / New Line
5This Means War$17,550,000--3,189--$5,503$19,159,8051Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,865,000-65%2,6550$2,962$33,738,2352Fox
7Chronicle$7,500,000-38%2,556-352$2,934$50,979,4263Fox
8The Woman in Black$6,645,000-34%2,559-297$2,597$45,255,6183CBS Films
9The Secret World of Arrietty$6,375,000--1,522--$4,189$6,375,0001Disney
10The Grey$3,031,454-40%2,107-694$1,439$47,924,5134Open Road
11The Descendants$2,925,000-15%1,243-338$2,353$75,007,77014Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$2,132,370-46%1,634-499$1,305$16,575,8653Universal
13Red Tails$1,415,000-41%1,009-571$1,402$47,531,5365Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,325,0004%8080$2,877$27,423,95913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,625,000-8%558-144$2,912$66,711,12413Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,100,000-56%826-831$1,332$61,343,8015Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,034,000-11%623111$1,660$24,393,7868Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$775,000-66%933-1123$831$25,451,2094Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$640,000-57%577-798$1,109$30,642,9779Warner Bros.
7Contraband$516,000-59%420-661$1,229$65,742,0206Universal
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$500,000-7%400-102$1,250$129,688,49510Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$488,000-31%275-194$1,775$207,301,42310Paramount
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$475,922-13%184-48$2,587$22,678,76911Focus
11The Adventures of Tintin$400,00018%30346$1,320$76,401,3169Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$323,000-75%401-1022$805$18,368,9484Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$191,350-30%119-32$1,608$2,355,9144Roadside Attractions
14My Week with Marilyn$179,000-14%120-5$1,492$13,624,11713Weinstein Company
15Puss in Boots (2011)$165,000-24%163-46$1,012$148,975,97617Paramount / DreamWorks
16The Darkest Hour$92,0001237%11395$814$21,313,0059Summit
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$59,000-65%148-82$399$281,272,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$335,02126%549$6,204$2,051,7738Sony Pictures Classics
2Thin Ice$190,800--53--$3,600$190,8001IDP/ATO Pictures
3A Dangerous Method$167,776-18%96-11$1,748$5,187,27913Sony Pictures Classics
4In Darkness$77,193182%1411$5,514$137,1562Sony Pictures Classics
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$64,112-24%160$4,007$597,70111Oscilloscope
6W.E.$50,039-16%203$2,502$203,9693Weinstein Company
7Rampart$49,593-18%2823$1,771$134,0132Millennium Entertainment
8Coriolanus$37,36520%132$2,874$320,1155Weinstein Company
9Bullhead$33,600--7--$4,800$33,6001Drafthouse Films
10Undefeated$30,875--5--$6,175$30,8751Weinstein Company
11Carnage (2011)$29,477-28%35-1$842$2,416,33610Sony Pictures Classics
12Chico & Rita$26,60329%54$5,321$56,1702GKIDS
13Pariah (2011)$20,075-14%130$1,544$687,3408Focus
14An Inconsistent Truth$5,302-28%31$1,767$52,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures