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, Jan. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,000,000--3,372--$5,635$19,000,0001Paramount
2Mama$12,860,000-55%2,68235$4,795$48,647,4402Universal
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,000,000-7%2,641118$3,786$69,464,62711Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$9,800,000-38%2,929-17$3,346$69,903,8476Sony / Columbia
5Parker$7,000,000--2,224--$3,147$7,000,0001FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$5,005,000-35%2,007-509$2,494$146,294,8265Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$5,000,000--2,023--$2,472$5,000,0001Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,200,000-51%2,590-513$1,622$39,646,8673Warner Bros.
9Broken City$4,000,000-52%2,6222$1,526$15,269,9892Fox
10Les Miserables (2012)$3,900,000-48%2,210-369$1,765$137,225,1505Universal
11Lincoln$3,874,000-29%1,909-265$2,029$167,061,83412Disney / DreamWorks
12A Haunted House$3,351,560-59%2,002-158$1,674$35,547,5413Open Road
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,310,000-46%1,675-648$1,976$293,248,4707Warner Bros. / New Line
14Parental Guidance$2,525,000-41%1,736-601$1,454$70,867,8135Fox
15The Last Stand$2,100,000-67%2,9130$721$10,633,9452Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,650,000-21%941-315$2,816$103,490,36010Fox
2The Impossible$1,980,000-20%782-104$2,532$13,341,7556Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,825,000-19%635-121$2,874$117,581,42716Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,149,000278%163131$7,049$1,689,8293Weinstein Company
5Jack Reacher$885,000-60%888-819$997$78,238,0936Paramount
6This is 40$745,000-63%504-728$1,478$66,348,7906Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$716,000-45%588-724$1,218$182,468,76113Disney
8Rise of The Guardians$371,000-34%305-169$1,216$100,212,52910Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$280,000-54%352-290$795$36,251,4546Paramount
10Hyde Park on Hudson$248,877-41%144-50$1,728$5,303,2468Focus
11Flight$220,000-23%263-37$837$93,457,74113Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$206,000-38%216-90$954$291,060,95511Lionsgate / Summit
13Texas Chainsaw 3D$145,000-89%285-1189$509$34,002,7074Lionsgate
14Rust and Bone$128,180-43%116-52$1,105$1,709,15810Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$480,96929%6428$7,515$1,814,8776Sony Pictures Classics
2Anna Karenina (2012)$102,774-37%98-19$1,049$12,425,96311Focus
3Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$86,000-60%96-169$896$12,368,9166Paramount
4The Master$71,000307%3723$1,919$16,128,74520Weinstein Company
5Pitch Perfect$41,000-41%91-34$451$64,965,09318Universal
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$31,000-40%56-17$554$17,715,05619Lionsgate / Summit
7Searching For Sugar Man$30,4124%26-1$1,170$3,181,22327Sony Pictures Classics
8West of Memphis$22,857187%145$1,633$82,7595Sony Pictures Classics
9Beware of Mr. Baker$21,826--15--$1,455$75,7349SnagFilms
10Holy Motors$18,583--12--$1,549$641,05415Indomina Releasing
11LUV$18,000-78%21-24$857$137,1422Indomina Media
12Yossi$13,208--2--$6,604$13,2081Strand Releasing