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.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,616,00017%22 Jump Street
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$184,862,000-33%22 Jump Street
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,049,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,543,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,007,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$107,180,218-18%$141,094,000-10%Guardians of the Galaxy
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$227,996,0004%Lucy
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,093,000-16%Maleficent
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$178,909,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$275,335,0001%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,297,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$192,965,00028%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,237,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$150,807,000-17%The Other Woman (2014)
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,543,00057%Transformers: Age of Extinction
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$275,558,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past