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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,472,000-58%4,2530$17,040$284,893,0842Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$51,115,000--3,535--$14,460$51,115,0001Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,000,000-33%3,30316$1,514$41,608,2003Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,850,000--2,041--$2,376$4,850,0001Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,650,000-23%2,930-415$1,587$84,731,8795Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$3,864,000-32%2,770-660$1,395$81,655,6154Universal
7The Croods$3,600,000-14%2,650-265$1,358$173,215,4778Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,500,000-36%2,298-335$1,088$18,287,6913Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$706,000-51%1,007-850$701$30,644,0305Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,343,0008%852276$2,750$8,362,9793Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$802,000-62%774-386$1,036$229,984,32010Disney
3The Place Beyond the Pines$675,185-47%669-493$1,009$19,978,7217Focus
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$620,000-51%750-1054$827$119,776,8917Paramount
5Jurassic Park 3D$604,000-33%653-327$925$44,722,9106Universal
6The Company You Keep$420,475-40%394-147$1,067$4,150,7256Sony Pictures Classics
7Tyler Perry's Temptation$188,000-54%278-226$676$51,700,4997Lionsgate
8Identity Thief$173,000-15%279-21$620$133,695,00514Universal
9Disconnect$160,131--180--$890$1,300,4655LD Entertainment
10The Host (2013)$146,000-4%30111$485$26,355,5847Open Road
11The Sapphires$130,000-11%118-5$1,102$1,829,8908Weinstein Company
12Silver Linings Playbook$125,000-37%323-145$387$131,928,58326Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$121,000-11%188-27$644$42,691,38012Lionsgate / Summit
14Escape From Planet Earth$106,000-14%254-3$417$55,345,23713Weinstein Company
15Admission$58,10649%15643$372$17,860,6448Focus
16Side Effects (2013)$33,000-50%108-57$306$32,152,04814Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iceman$108,52023%1713$6,384$236,0492Millennium Entertainment
2Kon-Tiki$83,64513%228$3,802$224,3933Weinstein Company
3Filly Brown$63,000-63%92-112$685$2,720,7894Lionsgate / Pantelion
4In the House$61,34130%3412$1,804$222,8744Cohen Media Group
5At Any Price$55,75476%5032$1,115$129,3413Sony Pictures Classics
6No One Lives$45,875--53--$866$45,8751Anchor Bay Films
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$41,7025%2319$1,813$104,0592eOne Films US
8Love Is All You Need$40,0269%106$4,003$91,0122Sony Pictures Classics
9Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,000-55%4323$884$140,3692Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Quartet$33,000-24%59-27$559$18,155,76018Weinstein Company
11Stories We Tell$31,000--2--$15,500$31,0001Roadside Attractions
12Upstream Color$25,580--18--$1,421$401,1576ERBP
13What Maisie Knew$24,75815%32$8,253$55,9102Millenium Entertainment
14Midnight's Children$23,0503%111$2,095$70,3463Paladin/108 Media
15One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$7,500--1--$7,500$9,5791Zeitgeist Films
16The Lords of Salem$6,082-75%15-35$405$1,163,7484Anchor Bay Films
17Dead Man's Burden$1,100-86%10$1,100$9,8942Cinedigm