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 Fri, Aug. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$13,330,881--3,270--$4,077$13,330,8811Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$8,456,809--3,082--$2,744$8,456,8091Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$5,617,56461%3,6510$1,539$58,160,8852Sony / Columbia
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$4,522,890--2,818--$1,605$4,522,8901Universal
5Inception$3,350,23554%3,120-298$1,074$240,534,6665Warner Bros.
6Step Up 3D$2,286,78463%2,4394$938$24,620,0802Disney
7Despicable Me$2,089,94549%2,923-490$715$217,315,9806Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$2,013,18851%3,04642$661$54,513,5563Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$1,902,32056%2,834-483$671$99,121,0914Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,229,4669%2,728-977$451$32,257,9773Warner Bros.
11Charlie St. Cloud$729,1255%2,083-642$350$27,373,6553Universal
12Toy Story 3$618,6109%1,219-495$507$399,220,7059Disney
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$399,42816%1,212-492$330$294,962,2227Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$372,27422%830-164$449$15,741,0806Focus
2Grown Ups$363,17320%968-801$375$157,276,8708Sony / Columbia
3Ramona and Beezus$252,554-30%632-846$400$22,754,2384Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$158,043--372-70$425$174,501,33410Sony / Columbia
5Predators$112,287121%343-111$327$50,835,0596Fox
6Shrek Forever After$107,83245%254-54$425$236,983,54113Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Last Airbender$105,73021%364-275$290$129,450,5357Paramount
8Knight and Day$85,440112%310-26$276$75,114,0688Fox
9Winter's Bone$60,53158%136-5$445$4,692,02110Roadside Attractions
10The A-Team$47,17365%204-37$231$76,694,15010Fox
11Iron Man 2$35,38318%178-46$199$311,965,93815Paramount
12Marmaduke$30,62134%151-19$203$33,274,19011Fox
13Middle Men$28,326-34%2520$112$571,5422Paramount
14Killers$27,103103%169-3$160$46,943,50911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$110,221--64--$1,722$110,2211UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$88,9709%541$1,648$13,215,07322Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$35,82252%44-1$814$365,0262Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$27,74313%163$1,734$23,618,92279Warner Bros. / IMAX
5La Soga$15,638--11--$1,422$15,63817-57 Releasing
6Cyrus$15,1180%84-48$180$7,217,0869Fox Searchlight
7The Concert$14,44939%190$760$156,6614Weinstein Company
8Letters to Juliet$11,067-20%61-42$181$52,958,26014Summit
9Sex and the City 2$7,713-55%81-119$95$95,311,97312Warner Bros. / New Line
10Date Night$7,60630%33-13$230$98,639,55419Fox
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$6,918105%122$577$63,3792Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$5,9774%28-17$213$4,241,92213Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$5,727--5--$1,145$5,7271Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,338--1--$2,338$2,3381People Pictures
15Twelve$1,132-93%12-219$94$179,2862Hannover House
16City Island$78612%81$98$6,664,20322Anchor Bay
17Princess Kaiulani$680172%32$227$863,80714Roadside Attractions