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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$28,890,58739%4,359--$6,628$49,692,9281Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$11,505,39252%4,177-213$2,754$243,719,7043Paramount
3Robin Hood$7,851,00039%3,5052$2,240$60,908,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$3,755,05625%2,9757$1,262$25,081,2882Summit
5Just Wright$1,859,63439%1,8310$1,016$13,606,6912Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$1,467,000-7%2,551--$575$3,036,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$1,317,66243%1,869-612$705$90,076,4487Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$988,00028%2,125-950$465$59,404,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$859,53280%1,751-869$491$210,426,4499Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$410,85633%1,079-1418$381$35,697,6275CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$241,780102%1,369-1326$177$15,962,3174Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$376,2048%208--$1,809$723,1511Reliance Big Cinema
2Babies$294,78948%395-148$746$4,871,7083Focus
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$242,87759%561-501$433$41,321,1726Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$209,97765%4118$511$332,046,83112Disney
5City Island$204,276101%234-19$873$4,074,25310Anchor Bay
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$160,00060%412-888$388$160,860,0008Warner Bros.
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$124,81770%352-116$355$62,264,41110Fox
8Kick-Ass$119,00049%309-300$385$47,090,4056Lionsgate
9Oceans$118,645-7%524-449$226$18,420,3695Disneynature
10The Last Song$91,71828%357-445$257$61,585,2928Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$91,00034%278-180$327$49,506,0009MGM
12Avatar$81,99994%167-112$491$748,757,35723Fox
13Shutter Island$81,57743%256-54$319$127,461,92414Paramount
14The Bounty Hunter$64,78233%170-123$381$65,223,75310Sony / Columbia
15The Losers$54,00042%185-516$292$23,047,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$42,59480%166-43$257$88,456,65715Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$32,22777%133-148$242$59,790,4238Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$24,81977%115-17$216$59,888,34618Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$97,000-16%480$2,021$6,301,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,54534%4714$1,246$379,6612Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$40,02972%4--$10,007$63,2941Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$38,332100%86-64$446$15,188,29414Summit
5Our Family Wedding$21,82362%84-19$260$20,150,21511Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$14,000-26%180$778$22,096,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Greenberg$13,89326%47-30$296$4,207,79610Focus
8Racing Dreams$11,606222%33--$352$15,2121Hanover House
9The Secret of Kells$10,385108%23-3$452$488,37012GKIDS
10The Runaways$8,436102%30-19$281$3,555,26310Apparition
11The Square (2010)$6,57774%12-2$548$259,0217Apparition
12The Joneses$5,07464%27-29$188$1,423,4676Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$3,34929%28-22$120$39,452,57223Fox Searchlight