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, Mar. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$45,050,000--3,470--$12,983$45,050,0001Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,500,000--3,934--$8,261$32,500,0001Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,400,000-47%3,11323$4,947$52,138,9252Universal
4The LEGO Movie$11,005,000-47%3,290-480$3,345$224,971,6125Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,000,000-61%3,27111$3,057$41,494,8952Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,100,000-37%2,001-1001$1,549$70,601,6435Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,062,000-38%2,348-524$1,304$25,556,2173Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$3,010,000-17%1,660-86$1,813$393,050,11416Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,175,000123%1,065654$2,042$53,107,03521Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,004,000-34%1,323-546$1,515$129,968,0808Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,000,000-56%1,714-1171$1,167$54,746,1084Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,650,000-51%1,074-730$1,536$46,498,3904Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,600,000-63%1,658-1000$965$21,068,0283Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,100,000-43%605-340$1,818$148,430,90813Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$900,0001%38444$2,344$271,812,60623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$871,000-43%4960$1,756$3,458,2303Disney
4Philomena$708,000-41%670-427$1,057$35,931,74716Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$700,000-43%359-146$1,950$115,702,85711Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$637,00047%31296$2,042$26,206,60719Focus
7Endless Love (2014)$434,000-72%536-1338$810$23,128,7904Universal
8Lone Survivor$411,000-60%472-545$871$124,118,25611Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$338,00059%333118$1,015$257,391,30713Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$316,000-52%490-262$645$61,399,6078Open Road
11Repentance$290,000-42%1575$1,847$912,0972Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$264,000-37%155-95$1,703$25,000,17812Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$221,000-60%188-420$1,176$25,589,6266Focus
14Nebraska$200,000-49%180-109$1,111$17,482,51717Paramount Vantage
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,000-89%304-1013$510$127,256,37712Paramount
16August: Osage County$125,000-48%196-150$638$37,304,45611Weinstein Company
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$125,000-33%133-65$940$424,094,84316Lionsgate
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$120,000-56%107-260$1,121$50,108,0348Paramount
19Stalingrad (2014)$105,000-79%143-165$734$862,6092Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$800,000--4--$200,000$800,0001Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$180,09340%6512$2,771$727,2496Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$159,63289%7729$2,073$2,443,33717Janus Films
4The Lunchbox$126,443184%1310$9,726$190,2832Sony Pictures Classics
5Gloria (2014)$107,400-27%75-27$1,432$1,769,6427Roadside Attractions
6I, Frankenstein$55,000-58%92-77$598$18,955,0987Lionsgate
7Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,300163%2317$2,100$116,1213IFC Films
8Labor Day (2013)$45,000-6%84-23$536$13,320,6006Paramount
9The Legend Of Hercules$36,000-49%61-28$590$18,816,7939Lionsgate / Summit
10Particle Fever$34,800--3--$11,600$41,7011Abramorama / Bond 360
11The Face of Love$25,800--3--$8,600$25,8001IFC Films
12Beijing Love Story$12,000-71%6-5$2,000$412,9484China Lion Film
13In Bloom$2,307133%42$577$35,6499Big World Pictures