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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$43,000,000--3,349--$12,840$43,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Looper$21,200,000--2,992--$7,086$21,200,0001Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$8,000,265-39%2,78050$2,878$26,168,8972Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,530,000-38%3,2120$2,344$23,725,9622Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,154,000-42%3,0830$2,320$22,224,9692Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,066,000-58%2,639-265$1,541$36,474,9803Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$3,000,000-55%2,381-635$1,260$38,704,9333Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,700,000--2,515--$1,074$2,700,0001Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,280,000-64%2,55751$892$10,864,6072Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,441,000-45%1,618-980$891$47,490,3185Lionsgate
11Lawless$861,000-62%1,503-1111$573$36,270,6405Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$787,369-66%1,209-408$651$53,941,3387Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$646,000-58%1,187-565$544$49,708,8427Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,210,000--335--$15,552$5,210,0001Universal
2The Master$2,745,000-37%85668$3,207$9,633,0703Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,137,300398%10298$11,150$1,462,1392Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$923,000-22%25612$3,605$5,163,7593Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$800,000-37%655-293$1,221$444,388,23111Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$787,000-51%824-607$955$111,704,1558Universal
7The Campaign$515,000-57%630-620$817$85,926,5128Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$500,000-66%815-1005$613$84,001,1487Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$393,316-58%575-641$684$32,927,75212Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$385,000-29%387-33$995$159,081,44512Fox
11Ted (2012)$174,000-29%224-69$777$218,117,06514Universal
12Sleepwalk With Me$165,100-29%127-8$1,300$1,890,8756IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$150,000-33%203-37$739$216,097,17417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Last Ounce of Courage$146,086-74%297-767$492$3,190,9873Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Intouchables$139,000-23%121-35$1,149$12,474,05319Weinstein Company
16Brave$129,000--114--$1,132$233,687,24715Disney
17Robot & Frank$111,000-39%111-45$1,000$3,075,6867IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$153,695-20%601$2,562$1,400,3176Oscilloscope
2Searching For Sugar Man$96,6494%37-1$2,612$1,320,04910Sony Pictures Classics
3Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$95,20049%1411$6,800$198,0452IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4For A Good Time, Call...$52,123-65%84-21$621$1,203,7095Focus
5Liberal Arts$49,60029%3111$1,600$150,6923IFC Films
610 Years$41,657-44%6320$661$179,9733Anchor Bay Films
7My Uncle Rafael$40,318-63%5-9$8,064$177,3642Rocky Mountain Pictures
8To Rome with Love$37,985-30%23-27$1,652$16,594,50315Sony Pictures Classics
9Vulgaria$36,000--16--$2,250$36,0001China Lion Film
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$31,000-59%40-45$775$3,119,5934Paramount
11Detropia$28,050-15%110$2,550$178,6134Loki Films
12The Other Dream Team$22,714--2--$11,357$22,7141The Film Arcade
13Celeste and Jesse Forever$21,008-55%34-20$618$3,056,1779Sony Pictures Classics
14How To Survive A Plague$17,600-38%84$2,200$58,5802IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$9,945-52%11-4$904$84,9904Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,9543%32$1,318$8,4182Oscilloscope
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,700-24%70$243$3,374,5258ARC Entertainment