Top 4 Hold Steady Over Holiday Weekend
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 million over the four-day weekend holiday (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) to lead the box office for a second weekend in a row. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation became the highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. Guardians of the Galaxy has grossed $281.20 million through 32 days of release and will continue to distance itself from the $259.77 million take of its next nearest neighbor Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the four-day weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy was up 29 percent over the previous three-day weekend. The film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day period last weekend.
While it didn’t have the greatest hold this weekend by Labor Day weekend standards, Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still held steady in second place over the four-day weekend with $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 percent from the previous weekend’s three-day period. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations with a 25-day take of $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day weekend.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ If I Stay hung onto third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a 25 percent decline from the previous weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in 11 days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day period.
Let’s Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. 20th Century Fox’s low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 percent from the previous weekend. Let’s Be Cops surpassed the $50 million mark last 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 period.
Universal Pictures’ As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day weekend with $10.28 million. The low-budget horror film opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. As Above/So Below 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 Media’s action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan opened in line with expectations. The six-day total for The November Man stands at $11.79 million. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||1||Guardians of the Galaxy||$22.91M||$281.20M||5|
|2||2||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||$15.62M||$166.28M||4|
|3||3||If I Stay||$11.77M||$32.33M||2|
|4||4||Let’s Be Cops||$10.37M||$59.49M||3|
|5||N/A||As Above/So Below||$10.28M||$10.28M||1|
|6||N/A||The November Man||$10.11M||$11.80M||1|
|7||5||When the Game Stands Tall||$8.16M||$18.83M||2|
|9||9||The Hundred-Foot Journey||$6.47M||$41.26M||4|
|10||6||The Expendables 3||$4.54M||$34.18M||3|
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