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 Mon, Jul. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,525,540-47%3,476--$2,165$63,922,6651Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,328,214-48%4,4680$969$239,699,0292Summit
3Toy Story 3$2,799,643-50%3,753-275$746$342,040,5004Disney
4Predators$2,605,828-56%2,669--$976$27,366,7101Fox
5Grown Ups$2,173,492-48%3,463-71$628$112,895,0233Sony / Columbia
6The Last Airbender$2,101,051-55%3,20334$656$101,813,8082Paramount
7Knight and Day$933,054-51%2,628-476$355$62,741,1643Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$690,106-50%2,458-651$281$164,991,2305Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$240,348-47%1,236-917$194$74,163,9425Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$140,415-57%200123$702$3,566,9604Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$117,130-40%442-442$265$59,541,1856Universal
3Shrek Forever After$70,164-46%461-496$152$233,855,0618Paramount / DreamWorks
4Marmaduke$57,397-37%383-92$150$31,603,1346Fox
5How to Train Your Dragon$55,886-33%254-49$220$216,949,85316Paramount / DreamWorks
6Iron Man 2$53,511-47%333-189$161$309,290,80510Paramount
7Winter's Bone$45,288-60%10623$427$2,558,8855Roadside Attractions
8Robin Hood$40,495-44%300-78$135$104,535,3009Universal
9Letters to Juliet$38,490-48%241-99$160$51,764,5549Summit
10Solitary Man$36,766-63%172-4$214$3,545,5718Anchor Bay
11Killers$32,171-43%269-458$120$45,877,7796Lionsgate
12Sex and the City 2$31,486-44%156-199$202$94,733,1757Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,599-39%205-37$144$98,032,34514Fox
14Splice$23,449-45%20464$115$16,785,6576Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$13,623-45%130-45$105$163,116,22315Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$63,645-57%7--$9,092$555,6161Focus
2Hubble 3D$59,462-12%531$1,122$10,332,17917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$17,04042%130$1,311$22,833,29574Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$7,769-61%65-16$120$6,506,39417Anchor Bay
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid$6,998-13%51-19$137$63,877,49517Fox
6Furry Vengeance$6,871-38%86-21$80$17,603,12711Summit
7Just Wright$6,656-54%80-15$83$21,423,0499Fox Searchlight
8Avatar$5,953-32%90$661$749,663,36230Fox
9The Back-up Plan$5,165-45%61-36$85$37,452,93212CBS Films
10Jonah Hex$5,110-49%65-285$79$10,088,3494Warner Bros.
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,728-57%53-57$70$63,063,38311Warner Bros. / New Line
12Princess Kaiulani$961-44%61$160$850,6349Roadside Attractions
13The Secret of Kells$698-38%10-4$70$681,86919GKIDS
14The Joneses$306-64%10$306$1,474,81413Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$205-72%50$41$401,08014Apparition