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. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$20,802,341--4,359--$4,772$20,802,3411Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$7,549,509149%4,177-213$1,807$232,214,3123Paramount
3Robin Hood$5,661,000138%3,5052$1,615$53,057,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$2,999,991172%2,9757$1,008$21,326,2322Summit
5MacGruber$1,569,000--2,551--$615$1,569,0001Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$1,340,417184%1,8310$732$11,747,0572Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$923,472187%1,869-612$494$88,758,7867Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$770,000113%2,125-950$362$58,417,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$477,21034%1,751-869$273$209,566,9179Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$309,99450%1,079-1418$287$35,286,7715CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$119,7715%1,369-1326$87$15,720,5374Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$346,947--208--$1,668$346,9471Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$199,79058%395-148$506$4,576,9193Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$152,83845%561-501$272$41,078,2956Sony / Screen Gems
4Oceans$128,237-15%524-449$245$18,301,7245Disneynature
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$127,345193%4118$310$331,836,85412Disney
6City Island$101,795176%234-19$435$3,869,97710Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$100,000-17%412-888$243$160,700,0008Warner Bros.
8Kick-Ass$80,06725%309-300$259$46,971,4056Lionsgate
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$73,261258%352-116$208$62,139,59410Fox
10The Last Song$71,84647%357-445$201$61,493,5748Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$68,00066%278-180$245$49,415,0009MGM
12Shutter Island$57,143113%256-54$223$127,380,34714Paramount
13The Bounty Hunter$48,814--170-123$287$65,158,97110Sony / Columbia
14Avatar$42,1980%167-112$253$748,675,35823Fox
15The Losers$38,000-28%185-516$205$22,993,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$23,634134%166-43$142$88,414,06315Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$18,22826%133-148$137$59,758,1968Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$14,003169%115-17$122$59,863,52718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$115,00019%480$2,396$6,203,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$43,83882%4714$933$321,1162Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$23,265--4--$5,816$23,2651Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$19,13864%86-64$223$15,149,96214Summit
5Under the Sea 3D$19,000-17%180$1,056$22,082,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Our Family Wedding$13,459142%84-19$160$20,128,39211Fox Searchlight
7Greenberg$11,03252%47-30$235$4,193,90310Focus
8The Secret of Kells$4,98177%23-3$217$477,98512GKIDS
9The Runaways$4,1869%30-19$140$3,546,82710Apparition
10The Square (2010)$3,772124%12-2$314$252,4447Apparition
11Racing Dreams$3,606--33--$109$3,6061Hanover House
12The Joneses$3,097-15%27-29$115$1,418,3936Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$2,591-2%28-22$93$39,449,22323Fox Searchlight