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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,675,000--3,903--$18,877$73,675,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,184,000-30%3,716-26$5,970$164,388,0734Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,000,000--2,194--$7,293$16,000,0001Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,150,000-50%3,563-600$3,691$356,981,9974Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,700,000-44%2,264-810$1,193$198,125,6896Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,320,000-56%2,1010$1,104$9,468,4622Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,872,000-50%2,041-864$917$27,994,6844Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,675,000-36%1,158-158$1,446$14,876,7686Fox
9Homefront$1,637,000-52%2,102-468$779$18,437,8693Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,756,000-20%8350$2,103$11,018,9784Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,129,592-25%574-160$1,968$14,256,4577Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,000,000-62%922-655$1,085$68,964,0055Universal
4Nebraska$850,00063%250137$3,400$3,315,9995Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$733,000-39%503-397$1,457$252,766,60811Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$685,000-40%497-585$1,378$36,316,6889Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$285,000-44%323-317$882$104,011,85810Sony / Columbia
8Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$255,000-69%456-701$559$100,550,5928Paramount
9Ender's Game$213,000-56%331-277$644$60,519,5927Lionsgate / Summit
10All Is Lost$163,39253%261114$626$5,710,4619Roadside Attractions
11Despicable Me 2$142,000-17%223-29$637$367,354,05024Universal
12Black Nativity$135,000-87%260-1265$519$6,869,4863Fox Searchlight
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$105,000-36%175-137$600$115,415,34612Sony / Columbia
14Blue Jasmine$100,904269%302267$334$32,898,76621Sony Pictures Classics
15About Time$98,000-56%143-123$685$15,199,1137Universal
16Free Birds$95,000-72%283-919$336$53,976,0337Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$93,000150%16786$557$24,720,0959Lionsgate / Summit
18The Christmas Candle$88,085-49%190-116$464$2,112,9955EchoLight Studios
19Oldboy (2013)$34,000-89%151-432$225$2,163,0133FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$690,000--6--$115,000$690,0001Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$421,000--15--$28,067$421,0001Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$344,000-15%1511$22,933$897,5322CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$84,889-5%355$2,425$526,3895Janus Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$31,809-58%40$7,952$237,8043Weinstein Company
6The Armstrong Lie$30,779-15%46-31$669$292,9166Sony Pictures Classics
720 Feet from Stardom$12,389378%3222$387$4,794,46927RADiUS-TWC
8Spinning Plates$4,817-44%60$803$109,8588The Film Arcade
9Inequality for All$2,801-78%11-3$255$1,187,54012RADiUS-TWC