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. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$10,185,365-47%3,792--$2,686$72,970,7021Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$4,883,895-51%3,50125$1,395$123,318,4502Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,143,952-59%3,504--$612$26,852,0111Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,036,463-47%4,001-467$509$266,828,3603Summit
5Toy Story 3$1,891,284-49%3,177-576$595$364,856,6625Disney
6Grown Ups$1,420,438-49%3,074-389$462$130,585,7954Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$1,047,026-57%2,805-398$373$116,185,6333Paramount
8Predators$919,495-57%2,6690$345$41,220,0382Fox
9Knight and Day$445,253-54%1,925-703$231$69,562,6534Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$324,817-51%1,532-926$212$169,615,4926Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$127,162-62%446246$285$5,211,3485Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$91,726-47%36229$253$310,110,31611Paramount
3The A-Team$58,766-50%428-808$137$75,265,9726Fox
4Marmaduke$52,371-32%274-109$191$32,142,7767Fox
5Get Him to the Greek$51,66017%287-155$180$60,181,5907Universal
6Shrek Forever After$51,118-36%240-221$213$234,444,7019Paramount / DreamWorks
7How to Train Your Dragon$43,255-35%228-26$190$217,431,25217Paramount / DreamWorks
8Letters to Juliet$41,508-40%27231$153$52,171,36610Summit
9Winter's Bone$38,388-63%12115$317$3,103,2156Roadside Attractions
10Robin Hood$26,025-41%226-74$115$104,865,05510Universal
11Date Night$19,499-46%166-39$117$98,278,16315Fox
12Solitary Man$18,011-65%146-26$123$3,869,5809Anchor Bay
13Killers$16,154-51%166-103$97$46,106,9347Lionsgate
14Splice$9,856-51%117-87$84$16,930,0487Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$117,773-66%3831$3,099$1,931,6392Focus
2Hubble 3D$74,784-15%530$1,411$10,930,09218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$23,3026%130$1,792$22,992,90875Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$14,999-52%97-59$155$94,951,6558Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$9,164-43%46-19$199$10,201,1785Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$5,002-53%67-63$75$163,197,11616Warner Bros.
7City Island$4,752-58%49-16$97$6,578,91818Anchor Bay
8Just Wright$3,941-56%56-24$70$21,480,62710Fox Searchlight
9I Hate Luv Storys$2,543-70%35--$73$829,1043UTV
10The Back-up Plan$1,729-49%25-36$69$37,482,97113CBS Films
11Avatar$1,493-67%4-5$373$749,702,91331Fox
12Princess Kaiulani$522-44%3-3$174$855,87710Roadside Attractions
13The Secret of Kells$355-61%6-4$59$686,81520GKIDS
14The Square (2010)$238-73%4-1$60$405,13615Apparition