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, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,250,000--3,003--$9,074$27,250,0001Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$15,153,000--3,402--$4,454$15,153,0001Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,200,000-36%3,689-190$3,578$142,524,0704Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,800,000-48%3,535-199$3,055$102,425,6983Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,500,000-63%3,0250$3,140$41,541,7822Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,820,000-53%2,7787$3,175$31,929,1652Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,283,000-28%2,935-124$2,481$81,889,8144FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,923,000-39%2,504-401$1,966$219,444,4126Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,500,000-55%1,805-242$2,493$45,421,9963Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,394,000-54%2,172-1030$1,102$23,439,4603Open Road
11The Call$1,950,000-44%1,630-372$1,196$48,572,0935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$4,079,576480%514484$7,937$5,453,7553Focus
2Trance$925,000605%438434$2,112$1,099,6082Fox Searchlight
3Admission$914,736-53%909-498$1,006$16,832,6904Focus
4Identity Thief$536,000-33%564-157$950$132,016,84010Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$430,000-29%451-73$953$130,355,17222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,000-68%426-646$892$13,528,9875A24
7Life of Pi$237,000-33%217-52$1,092$124,279,09621Fox
8Quartet$229,000-38%224-28$1,022$17,579,91514Weinstein Company
9Warm Bodies$220,000-18%279-8$789$65,895,96611Lionsgate / Summit
10Snitch (2013)$147,000-35%215-89$684$42,002,8788Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$145,000-45%276-156$525$54,646,9389Weinstein Company
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$100,000-28%154-26$649$55,585,54812Paramount
13Django Unchained$84,000-39%126-57$667$162,694,44416Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$310,763136%4136$7,580$483,3732Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$245,000-16%9333$2,634$780,4014Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$179,079-14%9910$1,809$1,868,9139Sony Pictures Classics
4Renoir$166,60062%4929$3,400$407,5883IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5To the Wonder$130,000--17--$7,647$130,0001Magnolia Pictures
6Disconnect$123,597--15--$8,240$123,5971LD Entertainment
7From Up on Poppy Hill$97,821-25%487$2,038$612,7595GKIDS
8Upstream Color$74,140159%1110$6,740$112,8712ERBP
9The Gatekeepers$70,812-59%90-41$787$2,257,37911Sony Pictures Classics
10Emperor$51,500-61%96-24$536$3,218,4656Roadside Attractions
11Ginger & Rosa$50,000-60%71-28$704$678,9015A24
12The Impossible$48,000-19%77-3$623$18,984,91917Lionsgate / Summit
13Starbuck$33,002-43%321$1,031$3,659,5224eOne Films US
14Blancanieves$29,621-14%173$1,742$118,1683Cohen Media Group
15The Angels' Share$21,000--3--$7,000$21,0001IFC Films
16It's a Disaster$17,000--3--$5,667$17,0001Oscilloscope