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, Oct. 4 - Sun, Oct. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$55,550,000--3,575--$15,538$55,550,0001Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$21,500,000-37%4,0010$5,374$60,556,7262Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$7,600,000--3,026--$2,512$7,600,0001Fox
4Prisoners$5,700,000-48%3,236-54$1,761$47,879,9683Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$4,408,000-56%2,30811$1,910$18,094,3193Universal
6Don Jon$4,160,000-52%2,4220$1,718$16,077,3172Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$4,125,000-54%2,0303$2,032$15,185,0812Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$3,876,000-41%2,607-513$1,487$74,749,5874FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$1,610,000-43%1,606-799$1,002$144,900,0139Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$1,473,000-61%2,023-871$728$34,578,9034Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,188,000-51%1,563-499$760$112,365,7408Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$2,500,000--387--$6,460$2,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,150,0002%437210$4,920$5,386,5963Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$1,850,000-47%858-90$2,156$41,266,0966Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$1,045,400--511--$2,046$1,045,4001Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$682,692-57%589284$1,159$2,723,9072Picturehouse
6Riddick$541,000-66%795-1031$681$41,199,9205Universal
7Battle of the Year$515,000-75%907-1101$568$8,461,4963Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me 2$470,000-41%485-263$969$362,420,60014Universal
9Blue Jasmine$454,010-27%289-239$1,571$31,390,79511Sony Pictures Classics
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$410,000-49%513-494$799$65,965,3909Fox
11Monsters University$402,000154%25072$1,608$266,511,30916Disney
12Besharam$388,915--217--$1,792$506,1351Reliance Entertainment
13Parkland$334,100--257--$1,300$334,1001Exclusive Media
14Planes$250,000-67%376-1050$665$88,127,3159Disney
15The Wolverine$170,000-37%241-88$705$131,578,45811Fox
16Red 2$139,000116%20393$685$53,033,48212Lionsgate / Summit
17The World's End$63,276-67%131-150$483$25,838,6577Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inequality for All$136,037-3%4113$3,318$335,7622RADiUS-TWC
2Generation Iron$133,750-11%70-14$1,911$540,9003The Vladar Company
3Wadjda$125,97171%4428$2,863$466,4374Sony Pictures Classics
4Linsanity$103,000--9--$11,444$103,0001Ketchup Entertainment
5Austenland$66,938-30%65-42$1,030$1,846,3798Sony Pictures Classics
6In a World...$62,700-44%78-43$804$2,710,1329Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$50,376-56%58-84$869$6,748,26310A24
8World War Z$43,000-51%75-85$573$202,351,34016Paramount
9Short Term 12$34,000-42%36-19$944$873,3617Cinedigm
10A.C.O.D.$20,047--3--$6,682$20,0471The Film Arcade
11You're Next$15,000-51%45-67$333$18,433,5487Lionsgate
12Mother of George$10,200--8--$1,275$100,7084Oscilloscope
13After Tiller$10,000--3--$3,333$30,7463Oscilloscope
14Concussion$8,216--2--$4,108$8,2161RADiUS-TWC
15We Are What We Are (2013)$7,655-44%86$957$25,0442eOne Films US
16Nothing Left to Fear$7,308--5--$1,462$7,3081Anchor Bay Films
17Let the Fire Burn$5,375--1--$5,375$7,8841Zeitgeist Films
18All Is Bright$4,088--10--$409$4,0881Anchor Bay Films