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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$50,000,000--3,661--$13,657$50,000,0001Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$26,300,000-38%3,3523$7,846$75,958,5322Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,736,000186%2,7702435$5,320$21,582,2082Universal
4Looper$12,200,000-41%2,9931$4,076$40,300,6512Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$11,500,000--3,005--$3,827$11,500,0001Disney
6End of Watch$4,000,000-49%2,370-410$1,688$32,845,9463Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,870,000-47%3,003-209$1,289$29,709,8233Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,698,000-48%2,720-363$1,360$27,531,1443Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,555,000-61%1,746-893$891$38,969,4614Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,150,000-61%1,361-1020$845$41,000,7304Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,015,000-61%2,5172$403$4,482,5132Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,840,000-31%8648$2,130$12,315,3294Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,525,00038%221119$6,900$3,307,3393Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$635,000-53%821-797$773$48,402,8836Lionsgate
4Arbitrage$626,465-28%245-10$2,557$6,038,7214Roadside Attractions
5Dredd 3D$625,000-74%831-1726$752$12,675,4143Lionsgate
6Lawless$327,000-62%611-892$535$37,001,7996Weinstein Company
7The Bourne Legacy$325,000-58%482-342$674$112,255,6759Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$320,000-17%298-89$1,074$159,493,03013Fox
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$264,000-59%534-653$494$50,193,1398Disney
10ParaNorman$256,340-67%342-867$750$54,374,9558Focus
11The Oranges$180,000--110--$1,636$180,0001IDP/ATO Pictures
122016: Obama's America$159,103-61%249-326$639$33,335,54913Rocky Mountain Pictures
13The Expendables 2$151,000-71%313-502$482$84,353,7348Lionsgate
14Ted (2012)$134,000-24%187-38$717$218,331,30015Universal
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$100,000-33%155-48$645$216,232,29218Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$116,443-22%52-7$2,239$1,593,8847Oscilloscope
2The Paperboy$110,033--11--$10,003$110,0331Millennium Entertainment
3The Intouchables$103,000-24%84-37$1,226$12,636,09320Weinstein Company
4Searching For Sugar Man$89,104-7%381$2,345$1,437,77511Sony Pictures Classics
5Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$84,600-7%184$4,700$330,2313IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Robot & Frank$66,960-33%72-44$930$3,170,0448IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7V/H/S$40,000--15--$2,667$40,0001Magnolia / Magnet
8Last Ounce of Courage$35,781-77%93-204$385$3,307,1594Rocky Mountain Pictures
9Detropia$30,80013%110$2,800$219,9135Loki Films
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$25,956--12--$2,163$25,9561Roadside Attractions
11The House I Live In$19,654--2--$9,827$19,6541Abramorama
12My Uncle Rafael$15,574-65%3-2$5,191$206,3463Rocky Mountain Pictures
13For A Good Time, Call...$13,145-75%43-41$306$1,243,8336Focus
14The Other Dream Team$12,746-36%75$1,821$36,9762The Film Arcade
15Vulgaria$11,000-65%9-7$1,222$53,9772China Lion Film
16Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,785--1--$8,785$8,7851Oscilloscope
17Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,749--1--$6,749$6,7491Drafthouse Films
1810 Years$5,001-87%21-42$238$200,9094Anchor Bay Films
19Bel Borba Aqui$2,135--1--$2,135$2,7701Abramorama
20Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,400-18%6-1$233$3,376,7759ARC Entertainment