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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,220,0565%X-Men: Days of Future Past
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$179,990,09724%Transformers: Age of Extinction
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$185,892,8880%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,342,74831%Godzilla (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,443,433-11%Maleficent
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,881,743-2%The Fault in Our Stars
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,869,37332%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,713,279-22%Think Like a Man Too
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,168,728-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,614,033-11%Neighbors (2014)
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,432,383-13%The Other Woman (2014)
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,814,968-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along