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, Mar. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$28,010,000--3,525--$7,946$28,010,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$9,700,000-31%3,2308$3,003$107,427,1054Universal
321 And Over$9,000,000--2,771--$3,248$9,000,0001Relativity Media
4The Last Exorcism Part II$8,030,000--2,700--$2,974$8,030,0001CBS Films
5Snitch (2013)$7,700,000-42%2,5110$3,067$24,410,3392Lionsgate / Summit
6Escape From Planet Earth$6,726,000-37%3,110-243$2,163$43,213,0503Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$6,300,000-40%2,951-272$2,135$57,093,4833Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$5,941,0003%1,836-176$3,236$115,520,63916Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$4,500,000-56%2,589-966$1,738$59,624,0413Fox
10Dark Skies$3,556,000-57%2,3130$1,537$13,452,6872Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$2,650,000-45%1,930-714$1,373$62,009,6745Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$1,777,000-47%1,112-958$1,598$28,101,3094Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$923,000-74%1,075-1875$859$18,529,4343Warner Bros.
14Phantom (2013)$465,000--1,118--$416$465,0001RCR Media Group

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$2,300,00043%62654$3,674$116,943,01615Fox
2Argo$2,205,00021%985183$2,239$132,761,38521Warner Bros.
3Quartet$1,760,00056%725369$2,428$11,159,7908Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$1,300,000-42%722-475$1,801$93,574,08211Sony / Columbia
5Django Unchained$1,024,0005%983324$1,042$160,316,00710Weinstein Company
6Lincoln$1,005,000-32%652-223$1,541$180,091,05617Disney / DreamWorks
7Wreck-It Ralph$575,000-11%352-50$1,634$187,391,70618Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$560,000-12%352-110$1,591$147,619,61010Universal
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$552,000-67%601-824$918$54,089,9176Paramount
10Amour$522,283-27%3335$1,568$5,921,76211Sony Pictures Classics
11Mama$349,000-70%447-716$781$70,881,9507Universal
12Rise of The Guardians$302,000-18%295-10$1,024$102,398,55015Paramount / DreamWorks
13Jack Reacher$184,000161%225125$818$79,676,41311Paramount
14Bless Me, Ultima$178,246-62%183-80$974$1,257,1622Arenas Entertainment
15The Impossible$153,000-47%151-122$1,013$18,315,82711Lionsgate / Summit
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$115,000-46%180-43$639$292,299,92816Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$97,302-52%169-133$576$40,037,8478Open Road
18The Guilt Trip$82,000-40%133-53$617$37,099,67911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$255,25591%4627$5,549$685,3735Sony Pictures Classics
2Stoker$158,822--7--$22,689$158,8221Fox Searchlight
3No (2013)$110,14458%115$10,013$317,1753Sony Pictures Classics
4A Place at the Table$84,000--35--$2,400$84,0001Magnolia Pictures
5Hyde Park on Hudson$48,226-24%38-27$1,269$6,213,20113Focus
6Stand Up Guys$16,000-55%17-24$941$3,299,6845Lionsgate / Roadside
7Like Someone in Love$14,000-36%7-2$2,000$82,9403IFC Films
8War Witch$10,260--2--$5,130$10,2601Tribeca Film
9Leviathan (2013)$10,018--1--$10,018$10,0181Cinema Guild
10Hava Nagila (The Movie)$9,521--1--$9,521$9,5211International Film Circuit
11Chasing Ice$5,181--9--$576$1,225,18217Submarine Deluxe
12The Power of Few$4,026-57%3-2$1,342$22,0953Steelyard Pictures
13Welcome to Pine Hill$4,000--1--$4,000$4,0001Oscilloscope
14The End of Love$2,400--2--$1,200$2,4001Variance Films