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, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,530,000--2,903--$14,306$41,530,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$25,100,000-43%3,820-183$6,571$276,200,0353Universal
3Turbo$21,500,000--3,806--$5,649$31,202,7591Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$20,000,000-52%3,4910$5,729$79,515,8762Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,500,000--3,016--$6,134$18,500,0001Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$15,955,000-57%3,28510$4,857$68,235,2922Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,760,000--2,852--$4,474$12,760,0001Universal
8The Heat$9,325,000-33%2,689-439$3,468$129,292,4364Fox
9World War Z$5,200,000-44%2,066-937$2,517$186,941,0675Paramount
10Monsters University$5,005,000-53%2,186-956$2,290$248,997,2545Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,260,000-63%2,273-1631$1,874$81,171,2433Disney
12White House Down$2,400,000-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,6294Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,840,000-61%1,050-1100$1,752$285,021,0876Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,240,000100%304225$7,368$4,632,2703Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,100,000-56%748-144$2,807$30,012,8003Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,225,000-57%622-772$1,969$94,475,0926Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$736,006--353--$2,085$736,0061Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$465,000-65%333-517$1,396$114,439,6168Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$398,004-20%1354$2,948$2,425,9906RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$388,000-43%250-153$1,552$225,121,70310Paramount
8Epic$385,000-20%319-33$1,207$105,599,5729Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$312,000-43%279-113$1,118$237,110,9759Universal
10The Croods$202,000-21%212-31$953$186,031,52318Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Before Midnight$200,771-32%107-47$1,876$7,423,7309Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$742,27292%3427$21,832$1,334,4852Weinstein Company
2Only God Forgives$315,008--78--$4,039$315,0081RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$162,000-32%88-3$1,841$1,076,2395Weinstein Company
4I'm So Excited$161,88554%5028$3,238$683,1274Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$143,800-44%95-43$1,514$3,831,0047Roadside Attractions
6The Attack$133,708--46--$2,907$916,5245Cohen Media Group
7Mud$89,050-34%75-38$1,187$21,234,41213Roadside Attractions
8Fill the Void$83,875-37%61-3$1,375$1,552,4629Sony Pictures Classics
9Still Mine$75,923281%1814$4,218$535,1632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10The Bling Ring$70,000-56%38-59$1,842$5,628,5916A24
11Frances Ha$64,000-5%32-25$2,000$3,883,47610IFC Films
12Pain and Gain$29,000-61%70-80$414$49,735,45813Paramount
13The Act of Killing$28,067--1--$28,067$28,0671Drafthouse Films
14Crystal Fairy$24,300-3%97$2,700$65,6332IFC Films
15Stories We Tell$20,500-20%22-6$932$1,515,70711Roadside Attractions
16What Maisie Knew$4,294-61%8-5$537$1,057,58412Millenium Entertainment
17Stuck in Love$2,015-84%3-12$672$69,5343Millennium Entertainment