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. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$6,677,45035%3,2700$2,042$59,999,3962Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$4,749,7517%3,233--$1,469$15,563,8351Fox
3Eat Pray Love$4,614,46923%3,0820$1,497$43,463,1662Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$4,277,65011%1,973--$2,168$01Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$4,075,64435%3,472-179$1,174$85,192,8913Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$3,567,604-1%2,470--$1,444$7,168,3111Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$3,331,87323%2,012--$1,656$6,033,6731Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$3,229,44021%2,784--$1,160$5,902,0801Universal
9Inception$3,221,94348%2,401-719$1,342$259,591,9326Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,973,44520%2,8202$700$19,319,1352Universal
11Despicable Me$1,855,88552%2,236-687$830$229,469,4307Universal
12Salt$1,421,9721312%1,794-1040$793$108,907,7425Sony / Columbia
13Dinner for Schmucks$1,417,85730%2,149-897$660$64,786,4824Paramount / DreamWorks
14Step Up 3D$1,229,27428%1,592-847$772$35,908,9373Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$665,04460%1,580-1148$421$39,040,5124Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$585,56659%730-489$802$403,234,80910Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$349,01069%404-426$864$17,977,4557Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$228,61531%557-655$410$297,053,7288Summit
4Charlie St. Cloud$200,57024%647-1436$310$30,232,9154Universal
5Grown Ups$198,11649%424-544$467$158,855,2379Sony / Columbia
6Ramona and Beezus$164,54047%388-244$424$24,162,1215Fox
7The Karate Kid (2010)$160,89454%314-58$512$175,401,90111Sony / Columbia
8Hubble 3D$132,19256%15197$875$13,898,17423Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Shrek Forever After$117,73359%232-22$507$237,651,06614Paramount / DreamWorks
10Knight and Day$109,24926%277-33$394$75,614,8159Fox
11Winter's Bone$88,85665%130-6$684$5,111,40511Roadside Attractions
12Predators$85,74220%234-109$366$51,354,5497Fox
13The Last Airbender$77,63250%223-141$348$130,026,2838Paramount
14The A-Team$46,43141%151-53$307$76,951,69911Fox
15Marmaduke$35,99179%122-29$295$33,468,45312Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$73,09267%706$1,044$554,6302UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$27,93142%160$1,746$23,818,44380Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,47875%27--$944$374,2125NeoClassics
4The Concert$22,452113%201$1,123$268,2545Weinstein Company
5The Tillman Story$20,50848%4--$5,127$34,3401Weinstein Company
6Flipped$19,15528%29-15$661$555,0093Warner Bros.
7Cyrus$13,95247%56-28$249$7,307,77910Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$13,01430%209$651$97,66527-57 Releasing
9Solitary Man$8,41568%19-9$443$4,284,02814Anchor Bay
10Letters to Juliet$7,29427%35-26$208$53,017,40615Summit
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$6,08152%8-4$760$104,9553Anchor Bay
12Middle Men$5,55428%16-236$347$718,5313Paramount
13Tales From Earthsea$3,62016%50$724$37,8252Disney
14City Island$72477%4-4$181$6,668,50023Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$332-19%1-2$332$869,41715Roadside Attractions