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. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$11,899,925-11%3,270--$3,639$25,230,8061Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$8,135,550-4%3,082--$2,640$16,592,3591Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$6,792,06021%3,6510$1,860$64,952,9452Sony / Columbia
4Inception$4,574,68137%3,120-298$1,466$245,109,3475Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$3,381,625-25%2,818--$1,200$7,904,5151Universal
6Despicable Me$2,762,23532%2,923-490$945$220,078,2156Universal
7Step Up 3D$2,612,17114%2,4394$1,071$27,232,2512Disney
8Salt$2,561,05735%2,834-483$904$101,682,1484Sony / Columbia
9Dinner for Schmucks$2,459,06222%3,04642$807$56,972,6183Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,638,58833%2,728-977$601$33,896,5653Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$842,47336%1,219-495$691$400,063,1789Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$812,37011%2,083-642$390$28,186,0253Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$493,35924%1,212-492$407$295,455,5817Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$579,97756%830-164$699$16,321,0576Focus
2Grown Ups$505,52339%968-801$522$157,782,3938Sony / Columbia
3Ramona and Beezus$329,58831%632-846$522$23,083,8264Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$209,48533%372-70$563$174,710,81910Sony / Columbia
5Predators$148,49032%343-111$433$50,983,5496Fox
6The Last Airbender$144,66537%364-275$397$129,595,2007Paramount
7Shrek Forever After$143,25633%254-54$564$237,126,79713Paramount / DreamWorks
8Knight and Day$109,57028%310-26$353$75,223,6388Fox
9Winter's Bone$97,60661%136-5$718$4,789,62710Roadside Attractions
10The A-Team$58,97525%204-37$289$76,753,12510Fox
11Iron Man 2$53,70452%178-46$302$312,019,64215Paramount
12Marmaduke$38,93527%151-19$258$33,313,12511Fox
13Middle Men$35,16724%2520$140$606,7092Paramount
14Killers$32,22319%169-3$191$46,975,73211Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$147,13133%64--$2,299$257,3521UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$101,54514%541$1,880$13,316,61822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$45,36427%44-1$1,031$410,3902Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$33,00219%163$2,063$23,651,92479Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Concert$23,87465%190$1,257$180,5354Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$20,58336%84-48$245$7,237,6699Fox Searchlight
7La Soga$14,821-5%11--$1,347$30,45917-57 Releasing
8Letters to Juliet$12,87316%61-42$211$52,971,13314Summit
9The Disappearance of Alice Creed$10,61053%122$884$73,9892Anchor Bay
10Solitary Man$10,03968%28-17$359$4,251,96113Anchor Bay
11Date Night$9,96731%33-13$302$98,649,52119Fox
12Sex and the City 2$9,57324%81-119$118$95,321,54612Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tales From Earthsea$7,96739%5--$1,593$13,6941Disney
14Twelve$1,41525%12-219$118$180,7012Hannover House
15Princess Kaiulani$1,09160%32$364$864,89814Roadside Attractions
16City Island$1,02831%81$129$6,665,23122Anchor Bay
17The People I've Slept With$724-69%1--$724$3,0621People Pictures