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, Aug. 23 - Sun, Aug. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,018,000-31%3,110177$5,472$52,274,8132Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$13,500,000-25%3,445120$3,919$91,740,1993Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$9,300,000--3,118--$2,983$14,051,4021Sony / Screen Gems
4The World's End$8,942,307--1,549--$5,773$8,942,3071Focus
5Planes$8,567,000-36%3,378-338$2,536$59,591,6953Disney
6Elysium$7,100,000-48%2,913-371$2,437$69,053,9383Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$7,050,000--2,437--$2,893$7,050,0001Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,200,000-41%2,730-350$1,905$48,346,4533Fox
9Blue Jasmine$4,300,11988%1,2831054$3,352$14,798,9215Sony Pictures Classics
10Kick-Ass 2$4,270,000-68%2,9455$1,450$22,423,1352Universal
112 Guns$3,387,000-42%1,841-630$1,840$65,381,1704Universal
12Jobs$3,001,000-55%2,3810$1,260$12,144,2872Open Road
13The Smurfs 2$2,800,000-41%1,852-497$1,512$62,616,1184Sony / Columbia
14Despicable Me 2$2,559,000-35%1,402-416$1,825$350,659,4208Universal
15The Wolverine$2,500,000-45%1,449-609$1,725$125,095,6765Fox
16The Conjuring$2,155,000-45%1,355-646$1,590$131,765,7086Warner Bros. / New Line
17Paranoia$1,350,000-62%2,4590$549$6,287,0422Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$950,000-44%620-621$1,532$128,994,6317Sony / Columbia
2The Spectacular Now$650,00357%15499$4,221$1,935,1814A24
3Turbo$632,000-41%470-289$1,345$78,774,0036Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$530,000-40%409-282$1,296$156,377,8789Fox
5The Way, Way Back$430,000-42%302-155$1,424$18,650,9438Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$403,000-43%260-184$1,550$99,175,3597Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$377,000-58%143-47$2,636$4,676,8503UTV Motion Pictures
8Monsters University$375,000-19%243-38$1,543$261,795,19110Disney
9Now You See Me$360,000136%246112$1,463$116,456,82713Lionsgate / Summit
10Red 2$350,000-49%389-326$900$51,608,8896Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$314,000-28%239-68$1,314$198,854,02110Paramount
12Fruitvale Station$283,000-46%392-85$722$15,192,0777Weinstein Company
13The Lone Ranger$196,000-12%141-43$1,390$87,997,9088Disney
14R.I.P.D.$190,000-13%179-24$1,061$32,714,7506Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$107,000-45%144-66$743$227,378,48815Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$303,13033%7538$4,042$751,9153Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$132,259--7--$18,894$132,2591Weinstein Company
3Austenland$125,978210%2319$5,477$185,4712Sony Pictures Classics
420 Feet from Stardom$86,607-28%70-25$1,237$4,245,89511RADiUS-TWC
5Ain't Them Bodies Saints$72,200173%2825$2,579$113,1212IFC Films
6Short Term 12$60,137--4--$15,034$60,1371Cinedigm
7Fast & Furious 6$48,500-49%98-43$495$238,546,37514Universal
8The Attack$30,215-33%17-13$1,777$1,505,19310Cohen Media Group
9Cutie and the Boxer$28,04633%129$2,337$60,4442RADiUS-TWC
10Therese (2013)$21,040--6--$3,507$21,0401MPI Pictures
11You Will Be My Son$19,35426%65$3,226$45,0382Cohen Media Group
12Una Noche$18,500--3--$6,167$18,5001IFC Films
13Savannah$17,100--14--$1,221$17,1001Ketchup Entertainment
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$14,250-39%27-9$528$4,253,78412Roadside Attractions
15The Patience Stone$6,259-10%42$1,565$19,8892Sony Pictures Classics
16Tiny Times 2$5,100-75%5-1$1,020$35,1132China Lion Film
17Lovelace$4,142-89%6-42$690$344,6113RADiUS-TWC
18The Artist and the Model$3,083-69%3-2$1,028$78,4934Cohen Media Group
19Only God Forgives$2,629-72%3-13$876$775,3106RADiUS-TWC
20Pain and Gain$2,000-95%22-64$91$49,874,73118Paramount
21Inch'Allah$1,856-45%21$928$458,1092eOne Films US
22Stuck in Love$1,854-33%3-2$618$79,3318Millennium Entertainment