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 Thu, Jul. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$5,289,225-4%3,7920$1,395$165,828,4962Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$3,455,3254%3,60099$960$174,806,1953Universal
3Salt$3,403,960-7%3,612--$942$51,562,3561Sony / Columbia
4Toy Story 3$1,356,7383%2,766-411$491$384,638,5846Disney
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,197,7150%3,5040$342$47,561,0042Disney
6Ramona and Beezus$1,171,566-2%2,719--$431$12,664,6911Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,057,969-1%3,121-880$339$284,184,9544Summit
8Grown Ups$995,5742%2,859-215$348$146,213,2415Sony / Columbia
9The Last Airbender$528,1772%2,127-678$248$125,478,2774Paramount
10Predators$363,110-2%1,846-823$197$48,397,9593Fox
11Knight and Day$197,0230%1,265-660$156$73,484,8525Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$306,9621%201163$1,527$6,110,9233Focus
2The Karate Kid (2010)$152,690-1%780-752$196$172,337,0387Sony / Columbia
3Cyrus$85,3470%4548$188$6,684,6566Fox Searchlight
4Shrek Forever After$69,406-5%202-38$344$235,072,92810Paramount / DreamWorks
5Iron Man 2$65,079-4%330-32$197$311,115,73012Paramount
6Marmaduke$45,994-1%254-20$181$32,755,6368Fox
7The A-Team$41,9908%296-132$142$75,901,7417Fox
8Winter's Bone$39,3763%1298$305$3,708,5657Roadside Attractions
9Letters to Juliet$35,4065%234-38$151$52,637,78911Summit
10Killers$32,063-7%23367$138$46,500,1038Lionsgate
11Get Him to the Greek$28,730-10%221-66$130$60,621,6808Universal
12Jonah Hex$21,54710%176130$122$10,455,3196Warner Bros.
13Robin Hood$19,7500%171-55$115$105,133,48511Universal
14Date Night$12,525-1%108-58$116$98,477,59716Fox
15Solitary Man$12,0297%105-41$115$4,077,32510Anchor Bay

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$96,9312%530$1,829$11,849,65319Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$25,4596%130$1,958$23,234,81576Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sex and the City 2$12,01311%69-28$174$95,108,6049Warner Bros. / New Line
4Avatar$3,740186%3-1$1,247$749,735,27532Fox
5City Island$3,428-4%40-9$86$6,638,51319Anchor Bay
6Splice$3,20511%39-78$82$16,992,0708Warner Bros
7The Secret of Kells$62-67%4-2$16$690,29021GKIDS
8Princess Kaiulani$35-74%21$18$858,77211Roadside Attractions