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 Sat, Aug. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$12,508,787-5%3,651--$3,426$25,633,0201Sony / Columbia
2Inception$7,382,80833%3,418-127$2,160$222,066,9434Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$5,162,619-22%2,435--$2,120$11,819,9451Disney
4Salt$4,448,89135%3,317-295$1,341$88,618,8383Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$3,930,14817%3,00493$1,308$43,548,1102Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$3,634,84528%3,413-189$1,065$206,488,6855Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,722,47926%3,7050$735$24,409,0352Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$1,689,500-2%2,7257$620$22,202,0552Universal
9Toy Story 3$1,211,63738%1,714-391$707$395,357,7238Disney
10Grown Ups$1,008,91230%1,769-500$570$155,049,4657Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$964,19239%1,766-758$546$56,358,1994Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$899,38124%1,704-630$528$292,435,1256Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$600,35215%1,478-1241$406$20,573,4303Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,102,57353%994147$1,109$13,266,5145Focus
2The Last Airbender$287,78643%639-599$450$128,754,9316Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$241,47132%442-19$546$173,695,4019Sony / Columbia
4Predators$175,14732%454-419$386$50,362,1605Fox
5Shrek Forever After$170,28429%308-22$553$236,422,07012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Knight and Day$130,44532%336-495$388$74,773,9237Fox
7Winter's Bone$125,54357%1412$890$4,387,8199Roadside Attractions
8Middle Men$117,55013%252--$466$221,2331Paramount
9Iron Man 2$80,88442%224-62$361$311,750,35214Paramount
10The A-Team$75,29926%241-41$312$76,468,9719Fox
11Twelve$43,36522%231--$188$78,8831Hannover House
12Marmaduke$43,14227%170-60$254$33,122,31410Fox
13Cyrus$42,15659%132-84$319$7,107,3678Fox Searchlight
14Killers$41,3008%172-47$240$46,829,12210Lionsgate
15Sex and the City 2$30,48335%200158$152$95,214,37311Warner Bros. / New Line
16Get Him to the Greek$26,40014%110-45$240$60,880,30510Universal
17Letters to Juliet$24,64524%103-70$239$52,880,90113Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$103,70717%530$1,957$12,709,10521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$88,35421%45--$1,963$161,3881Warner Bros.
3The Concert$27,37356%1917$1,441$81,2923Weinstein Company
4Under the Sea 3D$22,9632%130$1,766$23,468,58178Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Solitary Man$19,25655%45-18$428$4,196,32912Anchor Bay
6The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,81723%10--$1,582$28,6571Anchor Bay
7Date Night$12,01631%46-30$261$98,599,75618Fox
8Jonah Hex$7,14428%25-58$286$10,536,0598Warner Bros.
9Avatar$3,82843%1-1$3,828$749,762,14134Fox
10Grease Sing-a-Long$3,80954%21-12$181$302,9165Paramount
11City Island$2,15875%7-8$308$6,654,25721Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$45420%1-1$454$861,19213Roadside Attractions