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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$184,862,000-33%22 Jump Street
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,297,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,760,123-26%$157,007,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$150,807,000-17%The Other Woman (2014)
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,093,000-16%Maleficent
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$178,909,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,049,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$275,335,0001%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,237,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$227,996,0004%Lucy
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,616,00017%22 Jump Street
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$275,558,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,543,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$192,965,00028%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,543,00057%Transformers: Age of Extinction
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie