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, Jul. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$55,000,000--3,924--$14,016$55,000,0001Fox
2The Conjuring$22,130,000-47%3,022119$7,323$83,866,6282Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,000,000-36%3,476-344$4,603$306,388,5854Universal
4Turbo$13,325,000-37%3,8093$3,498$55,767,9982Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,500,000-42%3,258-233$3,530$101,663,7713Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,400,000-48%3,0160$3,117$35,074,3562Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,540,000-53%2,602-683$2,898$84,026,1043Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,850,000-26%2,384-305$2,873$141,244,7445Fox
9R.I.P.D.$5,857,000-54%2,850-2$2,055$24,351,9802Universal
10Fruitvale Station$4,657,000530%1,0641030$4,377$6,339,3163Weinstein Company
11World War Z$2,760,000-47%1,440-626$1,917$192,619,5466Paramount
12Monsters University$2,733,000-47%1,470-716$1,859$255,345,1886Disney
13The Lone Ranger$1,638,000-63%1,267-1006$1,293$85,275,0134Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$3,300,00050%886582$3,725$8,931,4414Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,535,000--591--$2,597$1,535,0001CBS Films
3White House Down$950,000-60%676-778$1,405$70,674,7695Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$760,000-58%501-549$1,517$286,818,2727Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$750,000-63%498-250$1,506$31,502,9304Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$485,000-59%270-352$1,796$95,599,2857Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$367,872-7%14712$2,503$3,000,1237RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$312,000-18%289-30$1,080$106,188,59010Fox
9Now You See Me$300,000-31%215-118$1,395$114,993,5919Lionsgate / Summit
10Fast & Furious 6$295,000-8%267-12$1,105$237,598,85010Universal
11Star Trek Into Darkness$255,000-34%180-70$1,417$225,607,74311Paramount
12Girl Most Likely$192,425-72%227-124$848$1,217,5392Roadside Attractions
13The Croods$186,000-11%194-18$959$186,390,79619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Purge$114,000-12%1571$726$64,261,8708Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$612,767--6--$102,128$612,7671Sony Pictures Classics
2I'm So Excited$146,476-4%7626$1,927$902,7495Sony Pictures Classics
3Only God Forgives$117,950-62%813$1,456$576,6452RADiUS-TWC
4Before Midnight$115,136-32%78-29$1,476$7,601,28810Sony Pictures Classics
5Unfinished Song$106,000-32%82-6$1,293$1,258,9326Weinstein Company
6The Attack$101,410-20%44-2$2,305$1,064,4926Cohen Media Group
7Still Mine$96,90026%3415$2,850$669,5953IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$77,850-46%77-18$1,011$3,999,9948Roadside Attractions
9Mud$72,950-23%71-6$1,027$21,367,39114Roadside Attractions
10The Bling Ring$50,000-29%34-4$1,471$5,726,6347A24
11The Act of Killing$38,69741%32$12,899$81,0412Drafthouse Films
12Fill the Void$38,147-55%42-19$908$1,642,02310Sony Pictures Classics
13Pain and Gain$15,000-49%35-35$429$49,768,51714Paramount
14Drug War$7,000--1--$7,000$7,0001Variance Films / Well Go USA
15What Maisie Knew$3,220-32%6-2$537$1,063,60213Millenium Entertainment
16Stuck in Love$1,705-13%1-2$1,705$72,3064Millennium Entertainment