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, Sep. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$21,430,000--3,260--$6,574$21,430,0001Warner Bros.
2Insidious Chapter 2$14,500,000-64%3,155106$4,596$60,855,2602FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,000-50%3,0910$2,265$25,640,5222Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$5,000,000--2,008--$2,490$5,000,0001Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,670,000-14%3,003-235$1,555$138,176,2977Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,304,000-22%2,931-308$1,468$106,452,1146Weinstein Company
7Riddick$3,672,000-46%3,022-95$1,215$37,180,2903Universal
8Planes$2,861,000-8%2,446-293$1,170$86,543,2937Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,800,000-4%1,473-165$1,222$64,271,8117Fox
10Elysium$1,500,000-29%1,392-328$1,078$90,823,7097Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,375,0007%1,004-2$1,370$360,745,40012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,150,000-53%1,706-594$674$28,469,9904Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$680,000-40%1,047-529$649$30,684,5315Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$5,700,00017%97845$5,828$34,261,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,022,000--318--$9,503$3,022,0001Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,380,107-15%847-146$1,629$29,773,6029Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$739,969-43%833-410$888$25,247,2825Focus
52 Guns$658,000-25%752-156$875$74,475,6658Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$607,670--269--$2,259$607,6701Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$460,000-19%462-78$996$130,886,8029Fox
8The Spectacular Now$425,996-40%571-199$746$6,445,0628A24
9Turbo$420,000-2%333-20$1,261$81,649,33510Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$320,000-12%314-68$1,019$265,857,03014Disney
11Austenland$275,700-16%234-40$1,178$1,570,3546Sony Pictures Classics
12In a World...$257,800-11%1440$1,790$2,427,9977Roadside Attractions
13The Grandmaster$237,000-51%473-232$501$6,293,4175Weinstein Company
14You're Next$228,000-59%532-578$429$18,346,9095Lionsgate
15The Way, Way Back$220,000-24%324-97$679$21,172,61812Fox Searchlight
16World War Z$190,000-40%203-77$936$202,138,97114Paramount
17Salinger$182,000314%138134$1,319$357,8893Weinstein Company
18Red 2$106,000-18%178-31$596$52,779,05410Lionsgate / Summit
19R.I.P.D.$106,000-18%151-13$702$33,598,00010Universal
20The Ultimate Life$102,000-58%184-228$554$1,266,9123High Top Releasing
21Kick-Ass 2$98,000-61%201-142$488$28,749,2106Universal
22Jobs$84,000-56%152-87$553$16,046,2756Open Road
23Now You See Me$83,000-35%133-38$624$117,700,74917Lionsgate / Summit
24Fruitvale Station$44,000-42%103-34$427$15,962,68011Weinstein Company
25Closed Circuit$37,844-83%105-308$360$5,734,8054Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
2Enough Said$240,000--4--$60,000$293,7341Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$200,000--5--$40,000$200,0001Universal
4Short Term 12$140,864-9%7512$1,878$714,1605Cinedigm
5Wadjda$72,70276%96$8,078$210,5302Sony Pictures Classics
6My Lucky Star$50,000--23--$2,174$50,0001China Lion Film
7The Short Game$30,600--17--$1,800$30,6001Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
8Mother of George$30,000--5--$6,000$57,2372Oscilloscope
9Populaire$28,600-25%205$1,430$106,9653Weinstein Company
10Snake and Mongoose$20,83463%126$1,736$129,1677Rocky Mountain Pictures
11After Tiller$15,500--2--$7,750$15,5001Oscilloscope
12Haute Cuisine$15,319--3--$5,106$15,3191Weinstein Company
13GMO OMG$14,469--2--$7,235$30,7692Submarine Deluxe
14Afternoon Delight$6,636-80%12-27$553$176,0804The Film Arcade
15Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,500-84%6-5$250$13,9182Anchor Bay Films
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$346--1--$346$3461Anchor Bay Films