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 Wed, Jul. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,159,885-12%3,476--$2,060$79,233,7701Universal
2The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,873,997--3,385--$1,144$3,873,9970Disney
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,722,137-17%4,4680$833$247,931,7142Summit
4Toy Story 3$2,988,462-13%3,372-656$886$348,453,4634Disney
5Grown Ups$2,086,535-14%3,337-197$625$117,393,7633Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,882,062-20%2,669--$705$31,613,3921Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,720,951-24%3,20334$537$105,806,1992Paramount
8Knight and Day$856,871-23%2,237-867$383$64,707,4113Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$611,113-27%2,115-994$289$166,439,9235Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$160,577-38%796-1357$202$74,584,6375Fox
2Cyrus$147,729-5%200123$739$3,870,5064Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$93,810-21%354-530$265$59,754,3356Universal
4Shrek Forever After$83,105-20%461-496$180$234,042,0078Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$67,276-16%4750$142$31,750,7556Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$61,617-16%254-49$243$217,084,53516Paramount / DreamWorks
7Iron Man 2$55,289-10%333-189$166$309,407,30910Paramount
8Winter's Bone$55,2533%10623$521$2,667,5495Roadside Attractions
9Robin Hood$42,880-11%268-110$160$104,626,1309Universal
10Solitary Man$40,529-15%172-4$236$3,630,9778Anchor Bay
11Letters to Juliet$37,225-9%241-99$154$51,842,8689Summit
12Sex and the City 2$31,365-21%156-199$201$94,804,2127Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,611-12%2420$122$98,095,69714Fox
14Killers$27,265-27%269-458$101$45,942,4756Lionsgate
15Splice$23,077-2%20464$113$16,832,3586Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$12,748-15%130-45$98$163,143,99215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,137-1%531$1,512$10,493,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$65,129-3%7--$9,304$688,0581Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$24,27314%130$1,867$22,878,91674Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$10,768-7%65-16$166$6,528,74317Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$8,395-24%86-21$98$17,622,51211Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,607-17%51-19$149$63,894,26217Fox
7Avatar$7,49665%90$833$749,675,40630Fox
8Just Wright$7,309-17%80-15$91$21,439,2079Fox Searchlight
9The Back-up Plan$4,778-17%61-36$78$37,463,43612CBS Films
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,9253%53-57$74$63,071,12211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jonah Hex$3,223-32%65-285$50$10,096,2904Warner Bros.
12The Secret of Kells$754-14%10-4$75$683,49819GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$743-13%61$124$852,2359Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$400-25%10$400$1,475,74613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$3793%50$76$401,82614Apparition