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, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$86,109,000--3,841--$22,418$86,109,0001Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,300,000-44%3,187-158$3,546$78,746,6263Paramount
3Free Birds$11,180,000-29%3,7360$2,993$30,196,4512Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,100,000-32%3,08217$3,602$33,530,7362CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,250,000-62%3,4070$3,009$44,001,3002Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,405,000-34%2,720-304$3,090$231,119,4926Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,600,00038%1,144734$5,769$17,345,5814Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,800,000-31%2,646-375$2,192$90,982,0165Sony / Columbia
9About Time$5,172,000381%1,2001025$4,310$6,689,6732Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,800,000-33%1,836-594$1,525$109,976,1807Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,275,000-61%1,512-740$843$34,040,6174Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$810,000-64%1,049-917$772$23,172,8354Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$785,000-77%1,022-2022$768$15,830,0373Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$1,203,130111%401271$3,000$2,870,7314Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$625,000-42%429-233$1,457$15,830,6768Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$456,0008%3101$1,471$365,335,30519Universal
4Planes$231,000-13%261-28$885$89,616,86814Disney
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$170,000-19%216-35$787$67,710,06514Fox
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$141,000-27%214-98$659$115,300,77413Weinstein Company
7Insidious Chapter 2$137,000-66%229-324$598$83,046,1099FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$126,000-63%164-139$768$26,754,2698Universal
9Baggage Claim$104,000-57%135-159$770$21,389,3887Fox Searchlight
10Diana$85,27826%10062$853$188,3812eOne Films US

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$629,038141%3526$17,973$983,4222Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$254,00013%7134$3,577$750,6513IFC Films
3The Book Thief$108,000--4--$27,000$108,0001Fox
4Don Jon$89,000-48%92-89$967$24,063,9047Relativity Media
5Kill Your Darlings$87,00730%3213$2,719$335,8604Sony Pictures Classics
6Blue Jasmine$78,390-30%60-34$1,307$32,515,62616Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,000-71%74-169$757$2,165,8434High Top Releasing
8Wadjda$52,975-44%59-25$898$1,231,3099Sony Pictures Classics
9Pulling Strings$44,000-37%76-33$579$5,776,6016Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$38,000-65%52-84$731$44,196,31711Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Armstrong Lie$30,904--5--$6,181$30,9041Sony Pictures Classics
12Inequality for All$23,797-54%37-30$643$1,124,0007RADiUS-TWC
13Grace Unplugged$18,650-58%37-44$504$2,480,2606Roadside Attractions
14Spinning Plates$12,79811%60$2,133$57,6963The Film Arcade
15American Promise$9,325--3--$3,108$78,1144Rada Film Group
16Go for Sisters$8,000--2--$4,000$8,0001Variance Films
17The World's End$6,645-23%9-7$738$25,982,74612Focus
18The Square (2013)$6,644--2--$3,322$47,0543Netflix Originals
19At Berkeley$6,075--2--$3,038$6,0751Zipporah Films
20The Spectacular Now$5,413104%12-6$451$6,846,24115A24
2120 Feet from Stardom$5,079-52%4-5$1,270$4,752,53722RADiUS-TWC
22The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,047--2--$2,524$13,5692Tribeca Film
23Seasons of Gray$4,740-37%6-2$790$70,5944EchoLight Studios
24Approved for Adoption$3,776--1--$3,776$3,7761GKIDS
25After Tiller$3,20026%51$640$66,2758Oscilloscope
26Mother of George$2,40097%40$600$145,4429Oscilloscope
27Caucus$2,300--1--$2,300$8,7483Bonfire Films of America
28These Birds Walk$2,000-63%21$1,000$10,8482Oscilloscope