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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$51,239,677--4,380--$11,699$51,239,6771Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,340,000161%3,3320$1,002$42,700,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$1,594,840222%2,734-359$583$77,149,3085Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$1,538,905222%4,380954$351$195,872,3987Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$1,418,272180%3,003-277$472$26,488,7413CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$870,745298%3,0025$290$8,492,7022Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$688,00093%2,157-580$319$156,191,0006Warner Bros.
8The Losers$603,00074%2,450-486$246$20,252,0003Warner Bros.
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$573,53787%1,706-565$336$36,796,7184Sony / Screen Gems
10Kick-Ass$472,37437%1,759-783$269$44,248,5204Lionsgate
11Oceans$416,08045%1,23222$338$14,941,7283Disneynature
12The Last Song$344,542135%1,303-973$264$59,512,4276Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$385,170--534--$721$385,1701Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$160,78146%582-468$276$330,306,00910Disney
3Hot Tub Time Machine$160,00054%802-310$200$48,845,0007MGM
4City Island$140,531136%247-22$569$2,475,0648Anchor Bay
5The Bounty Hunter$122,749102%462-429$266$64,418,7418Sony / Columbia
6Shutter Island$112,829601%189-61$597$126,718,76012Paramount
7She's Out of My League$108,137570%26118$414$31,130,8069Paramount
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$107,186190%625-541$171$61,159,4948Fox
9Avatar$103,98982%328-59$317$747,625,31921Fox
10Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$93,93684%404-323$233$59,048,4606Lionsgate
11The Ghost Writer$55,53076%231-105$240$14,697,25312Summit
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$32,835159%221-44$149$88,084,64313Fox
13The Tooth Fairy$27,386266%160-26$171$59,622,21216Fox
14The Crazies$22,000139%149-48$148$38,973,00011Overture
15Greenberg$21,03863%114-29$185$4,001,4388Focus
16Our Family Wedding$18,918285%11921$159$19,936,7309Fox Searchlight
17Letters to God$15,00079%112-87$134$2,702,0005Vivendi
18Brooklyn's Finest$8,50027%113-33$75$27,099,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$106,00028%48-1$2,208$4,926,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$18,00050%14-2$1,286$21,850,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cop Out$15,000142%91-50$165$44,802,00011Warner Bros.
4The Joneses$14,38214%68-55$212$1,306,7664Roadside Attractions
5Crazy Heart$10,52023%75-43$140$39,370,56021Fox Searchlight
6The Runaways$9,450-14%65-57$145$3,462,9148Apparition
7Remember Me$8,38484%76-42$110$19,041,5909Summit
8The Square (2010)$6,35340%17-7$374$199,3425Apparition
9The Book of Eli$6,30043%61-16$103$94,804,00017Warner Bros.
10The Blind Side$2,70093%25-21$108$255,938,00025Warner Bros.
11The Secret of Kells$2,602-20%22-14$118$415,56010GKIDS
12That Evening Sun$648--40$162$275,36327Freestyle