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 Sat, May. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$45,776,170-11%4,380--$10,451$97,015,8471Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,747,00012%3,3320$1,125$46,448,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$2,849,45085%4,380954$651$198,721,8487Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$2,310,54945%2,734-359$845$79,459,8575Fox
5The Back-up Plan$1,944,09537%3,003-277$647$28,432,8363CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$1,691,20794%3,0025$563$10,183,9092Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,021,00048%2,157-580$473$157,212,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$891,56155%1,706-565$523$37,688,2794Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$752,00025%2,450-486$307$21,004,0003Warner Bros.
10Kick-Ass$614,58730%1,759-783$349$44,863,1074Lionsgate
11Oceans$547,54532%1,23222$444$15,489,2733Disneynature
12The Last Song$482,86740%1,303-973$371$59,995,2946Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$690,21879%534--$1,293$1,075,3881Focus
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$282,42776%582-468$485$330,588,43610Disney
3City Island$279,78999%247-22$1,133$2,754,8538Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$221,00038%802-310$276$49,066,0007MGM
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$206,63693%625-541$331$61,366,1308Fox
6Avatar$182,25275%328-59$556$747,807,57121Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$175,10986%404-323$433$59,223,5696Lionsgate
8The Bounty Hunter$167,57637%462-429$363$64,586,3178Sony / Columbia
9She's Out of My League$110,8483%26118$425$31,241,6549Paramount
10Shutter Island$109,891-3%189-61$581$126,828,65112Paramount
11The Ghost Writer$108,92796%231-105$472$14,806,18012Summit
12Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$57,99577%221-44$262$88,142,63813Fox
13The Tooth Fairy$51,48488%160-26$322$59,673,69616Fox
14Greenberg$39,37587%114-29$345$4,040,8138Focus
15Our Family Wedding$29,09954%11921$245$19,965,8299Fox Searchlight
16The Crazies$26,00018%149-48$174$39,000,00011Overture
17Letters to God$22,00047%112-87$196$2,723,0005Vivendi
18Brooklyn's Finest$13,00053%113-33$115$27,112,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$99,000-7%48-1$2,063$5,025,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Joneses$23,07860%68-55$339$1,329,8444Roadside Attractions
3Cop Out$17,00013%91-50$187$44,819,00011Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$17,000-6%14-2$1,214$21,867,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Crazy Heart$16,25354%75-43$217$39,386,81321Fox Searchlight
6The Runaways$14,45453%65-57$222$3,477,3688Apparition
7The Square (2010)$11,18476%17-7$658$210,5265Apparition
8The Book of Eli$10,00059%61-16$164$94,815,00017Warner Bros.
9Remember Me$9,64615%76-42$127$19,051,2369Summit
10The Secret of Kells$6,365145%22-14$289$421,92510GKIDS
11The Blind Side$4,40063%25-21$176$255,942,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$1,402116%40$351$276,76527Freestyle