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. 8 - Sun, Jun. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$60,350,000--4,258--$14,173$60,350,0001Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$50,000,000--3,396--$14,723$50,000,0001Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$23,020,815-59%3,7774$6,095$98,499,5002Universal
4Men in Black 3$13,500,000-52%3,792-456$3,560$135,505,3743Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$10,809,000-47%3,129-541$3,454$571,859,7256Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,235,000-28%1,2984$2,492$31,008,5796Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,710,000-39%2,087-820$1,299$35,745,3724Lionsgate
8Battleship$2,286,180-55%1,954-1190$1,170$59,829,9854Universal
9The Dictator$2,150,000-54%1,651-998$1,302$55,188,5404Paramount
10Dark Shadows$1,360,000-63%1,550-1452$877$73,735,6335Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$820,000-74%1,180-1253$695$16,930,2613Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,050,000-33%751-348$1,398$400,250,32212Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$845,000-55%642-115$1,316$3,439,1972ARC Entertainment
3Bernie$821,802-8%33230$2,475$4,842,0327Millennium Entertainment
4Think Like a Man$325,000-52%287-222$1,132$90,304,5418Sony / Screen Gems
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$308,850-9%290-25$1,065$211,999,50515Universal
6The Three Stooges$250,000-7%243-42$1,029$43,117,1689Fox
7Crooked Arrows$236,300-63%278-49$850$1,576,1374Branded/Peck Films
8The Five-Year Engagement$125,125-30%175-43$715$28,493,1857Universal
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$120,000-81%317-268$379$28,952,8947Sony / Columbia
10Safe (2012)$85,000-18%111-64$766$17,082,1887Lionsgate
11The Cabin in the Woods$76,000-32%113-23$673$41,303,6929Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,578,58880%9680$16,444$3,749,9193Focus
2The Intouchables$385,00020%7727$5,000$1,014,4423Weinstein Company
3Hysteria$161,548-6%8419$1,923$701,5854Sony Pictures Classics
4Safety Not Guaranteed$100,000--9--$11,111$100,0001FilmDistrict
5Darling Companion$46,678-23%51-12$915$695,4778Sony Pictures Classics
6Where Do We Go Now?$39,379-51%31-6$1,270$322,1535Sony Pictures Classics
7Piranha 3DD$36,000-80%78-8$462$314,4642Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$34,097--4--$8,524$34,0971Fox Searchlight
9Girl in Progress$30,000-8%577$526$2,555,6115Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Hardflip$24,792-50%12-10$2,066$79,4962Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Double Trouble$20,000--12--$1,667$20,0001China Lion Film
12Bully (2012)$17,500-22%31-57$565$3,464,44711Weinstein Company
13A Cat In Paris$15,689-55%71$2,241$65,8182GKIDS
14Dark Horse$15,000--1--$15,000$15,0001Vitagraph
15The Artist$14,000-53%36-51$389$44,650,42229Weinstein Company
16Cartas a Elena$7,500--12--$625$7,5001Freestyle Releasing
176 Month Rule$6,069209%32$2,023$8,6142Secret Identity Productions
18Hide Away$983-94%2-3$492$20,2643Joule Films