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 Tue, Jul. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$9,765,137-4%3,792--$2,575$82,735,8391Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$5,216,4907%3,50125$1,490$128,534,9402Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,318,5398%3,504--$662$29,170,5501Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,088,6123%4,001-467$522$268,916,9723Summit
5Toy Story 3$2,064,1259%3,177-576$650$366,920,7875Disney
6Grown Ups$1,518,9657%3,074-389$494$132,104,7604Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$1,085,0084%2,805-398$387$117,270,6413Paramount
8Predators$930,4731%2,6690$349$42,150,5112Fox
9Knight and Day$508,49114%1,925-703$264$70,071,1444Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$359,50211%1,532-926$235$169,974,9946Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$148,77317%446246$334$5,360,1215Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$108,32918%36229$299$310,218,64511Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$70,52438%240-221$294$234,515,2259Paramount / DreamWorks
4Marmaduke$67,52629%274-201$246$32,210,3027Fox
5The A-Team$66,99814%428-1725$157$75,332,9706Fox
6Letters to Juliet$53,15228%27231$195$52,224,51810Summit
7Get Him to the Greek$53,0953%287-155$185$60,234,6857Universal
8How to Train Your Dragon$52,96122%228-26$232$217,484,21317Paramount / DreamWorks
9Winter's Bone$44,83117%12115$371$3,148,0466Roadside Attractions
10Robin Hood$29,38013%226-74$130$104,894,43510Universal
11Solitary Man$23,26129%146-26$159$3,894,2279Anchor Bay
12Date Night$22,28814%166-76$134$98,300,45115Fox
13Killers$21,14531%166-103$127$46,128,0797Lionsgate
14Splice$10,2504%117-87$88$16,940,2987Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$133,09913%3831$3,503$2,064,7382Focus
2Hubble 3D$87,00016%530$1,642$11,017,09218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$23,121-1%130$1,779$23,016,02975Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$20,19835%97-59$208$94,971,8538Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$15,24566%46-19$331$10,216,4235Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$5,80216%67-63$87$163,202,91816Warner Bros.
7City Island$5,42314%49-16$111$6,585,78218Anchor Bay
8Just Wright$4,87324%56-24$87$21,485,50010Fox Searchlight
9I Hate Luv Storys$3,97656%35--$114$833,0803UTV
10The Back-up Plan$2,82363%25-36$113$37,485,79413CBS Films
11Avatar$1,6269%4-5$407$749,704,53931Fox
12The Secret of Kells$40314%6-4$67$687,21820GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$334-36%3-3$111$856,21110Roadside Attractions
14The Square (2010)$2411%4-1$60$405,37715Apparition