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. 31 - Sun, Jun. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$34,540,000-65%3,68628$9,371$170,379,5252Universal
2Now You See Me$28,050,000--2,925--$9,590$28,050,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$27,000,000--3,401--$7,939$27,000,0001Sony / Columbia
4Epic$16,400,000-51%3,89412$4,212$65,161,1812Fox
5Star Trek Into Darkness$16,400,000-56%3,585-322$4,575$181,156,4863Paramount
6The Hangover Part III$15,930,000-62%3,56510$4,468$88,085,6542Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$8,006,000-59%2,895-529$2,765$384,751,2855Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$6,265,000-54%2,635-455$2,378$128,255,8924Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$1,650,550--162--$10,189$1,650,5501Eros International
2Mud$1,225,500-37%580-132$2,113$16,885,2916Roadside Attractions
3The Croods$615,000-50%506-502$1,215$180,538,06111Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$552,1820%13373$4,152$1,577,8523IFC Films
542 (2013)$515,000-59%501-414$1,028$92,334,4548Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$393,000-40%330-71$1,191$233,006,19513Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$389,000-55%357-215$1,090$88,061,9657Universal
8G.I. Joe: Retaliation$267,000-39%286-60$934$121,578,76210Paramount
9What Maisie Knew$205,87845%10174$2,038$543,3445Millenium Entertainment
10Escape From Planet Earth$191,000-25%268-78$713$56,318,10416Weinstein Company
11Pain and Gain$144,000-78%207-796$696$49,038,7536Paramount
12Identity Thief$141,000-32%150-37$940$134,467,17517Universal
13The Iceman$123,098-67%123-135$1,001$1,715,5515Millennium Entertainment
14The Place Beyond the Pines$78,017-52%103-25$757$21,129,00610Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$430,54274%3126$13,888$800,3142Sony Pictures Classics
2Love Is All You Need$168,809-22%718$2,378$707,3215Sony Pictures Classics
3Kon-Tiki$132,000-19%7410$1,784$888,6256Weinstein Company
4Stories We Tell$119,750-7%3913$3,071$906,7294Roadside Attractions
5The East$75,555--4--$18,889$75,5551Fox Searchlight
6The Company You Keep$66,295-51%73-23$908$4,882,5069Sony Pictures Classics
7The Kings of Summer$58,000--4--$14,500$58,0001CBS Films
8The Sapphires$57,000-17%58-3$983$2,209,37811Weinstein Company
9Fill the Void$48,192-19%63$8,032$148,8312Sony Pictures Classics
10Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$38,407-44%381$1,011$382,9585eOne Films US
11Hannah Arendt$31,000--1--$31,000$45,5021Zeitgeist Films
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,5760%117$2,507$70,3872Focus World
13In the House$9,262-61%12-9$772$378,2147Cohen Media Group
14The History of Future Folk$6,100--1--$6,100$6,1001Variance / FilmBuff
15Admission$4,653-61%12-14$388$18,003,26111Focus
16Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$770--2--$385$7701Cinema Purgatorio