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, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$38,510,00045282%2,8752873$13,395$38,891,5613Universal
2Frozen (2013)$15,070,000-23%3,239-79$4,653$317,660,9888Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$9,000,000-32%2,521-36$3,570$78,586,5513Paramount
4The Legend Of Hercules$8,600,000--2,104--$4,087$8,600,0001Lionsgate / Summit
5American Hustle$8,600,000-31%2,629111$3,271$101,562,9285Sony / Columbia
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,015,000-49%3,075-655$2,607$242,219,4355Warner Bros. / New Line
7Saving Mr. Banks$6,578,000-24%2,671561$2,463$68,949,2265Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,300,000-66%2,88316$2,185$28,471,3892Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,100,000-43%3,012-395$2,025$118,517,9444Paramount
10Her (2013)$5,410,000649%1,7291682$3,129$8,809,0364Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,600,000-35%1,762-381$2,611$413,992,6518Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,400,000-45%2,584-338$1,703$52,690,7623Fox
13Grudge Match$1,970,000-63%2,005-851$983$28,473,4303Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$1,500,000-70%1,359-1331$1,104$36,299,8853Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$1,300,000-65%1,339-1221$971$33,609,0274Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,175,000-60%1,040-434$1,130$51,938,8975Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$7,315,0005128%905900$8,083$7,860,3853Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,876,00074%729573$2,573$9,309,1266CBS Films
3Philomena$1,360,000-6%6070$2,241$21,916,0288Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$820,00033%521281$1,574$8,149,6549Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$421,000-12%155-10$2,716$256,226,70415Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$400,000-24%303-26$1,320$19,749,73410Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$335,000-24%264-14$1,269$118,073,75716Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$312,000-35%257-34$1,214$203,931,58610Disney
912 Years a Slave$267,000-19%114-37$2,342$38,900,77513Fox Searchlight
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$265,000-75%363-647$730$7,750,2037Weinstein Company
11Dallas Buyers Club$242,000-20%125-3$1,936$16,684,08311Focus
12Last Vegas$177,000-11%240-17$738$63,391,90911CBS Films
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$130,000-26%192-28$677$101,824,81712Paramount
14Despicable Me 2$61,000-37%137-14$445$368,044,19028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$86,613148%1712$5,095$257,0654Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$71,950-20%38-5$1,893$1,080,1969Janus Films
3The Invisible Woman$48,16077%95$5,351$174,2843Sony Pictures Classics
4All Is Lost$36,575-22%63-8$581$6,108,10013Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$35,000-30%77-7$455$25,117,48413Lionsgate / Summit
6Justin Bieber's Believe$31,528-95%75-962$420$6,189,1423Open Road
7In Bloom$10,000--2--$5,000$10,0001Big World Pictures
8Personal Tailor$9,500-67%4-5$2,375$369,2254China Lion Film
920 Feet from Stardom$3,326-9%84$416$4,831,66831RADiUS-TWC
10Inequality for All$5005%1-3$500$1,194,45416RADiUS-TWC