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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$69,110,000--3,775--$18,307$69,110,0001Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$22,700,000--3,083--$7,363$22,700,0001Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,400,000-22%2,800-67$3,357$105,122,5904Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,914,000-23%2,460-294$2,811$368,678,62612Disney
5That Awkward Moment$5,540,000-37%2,8090$1,972$16,848,0352Focus
6Lone Survivor$5,300,000-25%2,869-416$1,847$112,586,2867Universal
7Vampire Academy$4,101,000--2,676--$1,533$4,101,0001Weinstein Company
8The Nut Job$3,809,000-48%3,004-468$1,268$55,081,6644Open Road
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,600,000-32%2,139-768$1,683$44,469,4154Paramount
10Labor Day (2013)$3,230,000-38%2,5840$1,250$10,172,3962Paramount
11American Hustle$3,100,000-25%1,640-576$1,890$138,117,0809Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,570,000-24%1,167-440$2,202$107,883,8247Paramount
13August: Osage County$1,511,000-49%1,327-992$1,139$34,320,1207Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$1,425,000-62%1,427-1326$999$17,432,2933Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$1,685,000-17%701-431$2,404$266,487,80019Warner Bros.
2Philomena$809,000-16%504-63$1,605$28,683,92212Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$800,000-45%678-494$1,180$47,331,27417Fox Searchlight
4Her (2013)$737,000-38%457-346$1,613$22,469,8878Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$700,000-39%525-350$1,333$14,940,06813Paramount Vantage
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$700,000-43%537-396$1,304$255,410,1789Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$670,000-29%529-293$1,267$422,420,78512Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$631,000-54%488-564$1,293$23,703,48615Focus
9Saving Mr. Banks$435,000-59%485-590$897$81,889,2189Disney
10Devil's Due$296,000-71%385-905$769$15,380,6854Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$260,000-19%346-74$751$124,794,2658Paramount
12The Legend Of Hercules$214,000-60%248-350$863$18,369,8075Lionsgate / Summit
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,000-26%197-23$660$119,281,92720Sony / Columbia
14Captain Phillips$110,000-37%182-63$604$106,734,78118Sony / Columbia
15Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$70,000-26%115-48$609$52,528,8449Lionsgate
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$60,000-25%103-47$583$32,376,3506Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$250,70048%6435$3,917$555,4373Roadside Attractions
2The Past$105,348-4%6718$1,572$843,4758Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$104,717-8%531$1,976$1,795,33113Janus Films
4The Invisible Woman$56,958-64%74-62$770$981,2647Sony Pictures Classics
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$55,520-82%76-271$731$1,335,6953Roadside Attractions
6Kids for Cash$40,800--4--$10,200$40,8001SenArt Films / Paladin
7Tim's Vermeer$39,011-22%73$5,573$127,5632Sony Pictures Classics
8Visitors$7,013-4%72$1,002$30,0153Cinedigm
9A Field in England$5,013--10--$501$5,0131Drafthouse Films