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. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$12,926,000-9%3,445--$3,752$27,134,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Shrek Forever After$11,360,837156%4,3678$2,602$101,111,1882Paramount / DreamWorks
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$10,208,668--3,646--$2,800$10,208,6681Disney
4Iron Man 2$4,440,472141%3,804-373$1,167$263,017,3824Paramount
5Robin Hood$2,867,00086%3,373-132$850$75,587,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$1,798,453121%2,825-150$637$32,501,8713Summit
7Just Wright$595,167109%1,195-636$498$16,592,6853Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$518,503144%1,126-743$460$92,216,2118Fox
9MacGruber$458,00033%2,546-5$180$6,109,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$285,681114%825-926$346$211,889,90010Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$277,00071%891-1234$311$61,056,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$125,31044%301-94$416$5,573,8084Focus
4City Island$92,721191%201-33$461$4,421,99611Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$81,22556%391-688$208$36,316,5386CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$79,333--287117$276$65,377,55211Sony / Columbia
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$70,768202%283-69$250$62,505,63611Fox
8Kites$69,17882%176-32$393$1,251,8072Reliance Big Cinema
9Hot Tub Time Machine$63,00097%36486$173$49,785,00010MGM
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$61,000118%225-187$271$161,162,0009Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$56,99652%247-314$231$41,712,0647Sony / Screen Gems
12Kick-Ass$40,96450%163-146$251$47,350,2317Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$39,79252%247-1122$161$16,324,3475Summit
14Shutter Island$36,40280%201-55$181$127,679,00715Paramount
15Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$27,501455%17744$155$59,859,4229Lionsgate
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$17,89662%108-58$166$88,477,04616Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$93,0003%480$1,938$6,774,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$27,96920%84-83$333$748,956,82824Fox
3Princess Kaiulani$24,65918%38-9$649$529,2483Roadside Attractions
4Solitary Man$22,051150%62$3,675$154,6072Anchor Bay
5The Losers$22,000137%83-102$265$23,150,0006Warner Bros.
6Under the Sea 3D$18,000-10%180$1,000$22,184,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ghost Writer$16,076139%58-28$277$15,254,73415Summit
8The Tooth Fairy$7,60122%76-39$100$59,932,08819Fox
9The Secret of Kells$6,366107%252$255$513,83613GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$5,3952%52-32$104$20,191,19312Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$4,707272%153$314$272,1318Apparition
12The Joneses$877-1%8-19$110$1,432,8247Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$802--8-25$100$24,0782Hanover House
14The Runaways$698-41%11-19$63$3,568,15511Apparition