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, Jan. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$24,000,000790%2,9372877$8,172$29,480,8074Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$18,817,000--2,160--$8,712$18,817,0001Open Road
3Gangster Squad$16,710,000--3,103--$5,385$16,710,0001Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$11,065,000-45%3,0122$3,674$125,399,1223Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$10,127,000-37%2,92723$3,460$119,205,7203Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,080,000-48%3,012-743$3,015$278,124,1875Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$6,314,00017%2,027126$3,115$152,579,06010Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$6,100,000-37%2,957-411$2,063$60,650,3043Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,150,000-76%2,6595$1,937$30,751,7402Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$4,970,000-46%2,707-581$1,836$72,778,3304Paramount
11This is 40$4,500,000-46%2,320-611$1,940$61,568,9554Universal
12The Guilt Trip$1,975,000-55%1,606-706$1,230$34,537,8974Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,665,000-58%1,127-976$1,477$30,534,4864Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$1,316,151-68%1,647-29$799$6,920,8523Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$5,000,00038%81065$6,173$41,305,7059Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,685,000-5%757-208$3,547$94,781,1528Fox
3The Impossible$2,550,000-7%808236$3,156$6,864,0894Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$1,570,000-49%823-484$1,908$299,363,21310Sony / Columbia
5Argo$1,240,00057%621319$1,997$111,644,98414Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$1,000,000-63%905-602$1,105$98,685,0938Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$704,619-32%24624$2,864$4,294,4236Focus
8Wreck-It Ralph$650,000-45%476-233$1,366$179,371,77311Disney
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$645,000-53%542-283$1,190$290,174,5789Lionsgate / Summit
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$455,000-65%430-387$1,058$11,765,9184Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$220,661-39%144-19$1,532$11,938,8239Focus
12Flight$151,000-41%150-100$1,007$92,744,66111Paramount
13Red Dawn (2012)$113,000-38%225-27$502$44,040,8068FilmDistrict
14Pitch Perfect$99,000-23%154-11$643$64,796,94316Universal
15Hitchcock$83,800-45%1279$660$5,643,2968Fox Searchlight
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$64,000-21%1002$640$17,578,76917Lionsgate / Summit
17Not Fade Away$41,000-85%177-388$232$574,7874Paramount Vantage
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$34,000-36%107-32$318$12,905,6456FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$270,575352%1512$18,038$651,8514Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$197,87121%7940$2,505$1,155,0398Sony Pictures Classics
3Quartet$50,033--2--$25,017$50,0331Weinstein Company
4Chasing Ice$44,787--42--$1,066$940,34910Submarine Deluxe
5Searching For Sugar Man$27,1742%22-4$1,235$3,096,12825Sony Pictures Classics
6Holy Motors$16,788--13--$1,291$588,09913Indomina Releasing
7The Other Son$10,720-38%8-5$1,340$1,220,80712Cohen Media Group
8West of Memphis$2,935-62%2-2$1,468$46,4143Sony Pictures Classics
9Let My People Go!$2,299--1--$2,299$2,2991Zeitgeist Films