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 Tue, Aug. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,077,7897%3,2700$635$69,385,6742Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,878,94923%3,0820$610$50,621,7932Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$1,293,8524%3,472-179$373$90,787,5263Sony / Columbia
4Vampires Suck$1,223,789-2%3,233--$379$21,033,5281Fox
5Nanny McPhee Returns$1,211,22512%2,784--$435$10,704,6701Universal
6Piranha 3D$1,182,2009%2,470--$479$12,378,4651Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$1,027,65416%2,012--$511$10,352,8691Miramax
8Inception$985,3022%2,401-719$410$263,980,3416Warner Bros.
9Lottery Ticket$819,2670%1,973--$415$12,292,8041Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$789,6006%2,8202$280$22,435,1402Universal
11Despicable Me$681,9803%2,236-687$305$232,398,4157Universal
12Step Up 3D$502,26021%1,592-847$315$37,787,3413Disney
13Dinner for Schmucks$456,4551%2,149-897$212$66,708,6034Paramount / DreamWorks
14Salt$410,3429%1,794-1040$229$110,682,2035Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$288,1078%1,580-1148$182$40,216,7234Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$242,8606%730-489$333$404,276,62010Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$110,09612%404-426$273$18,448,0237Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$75,4450%557-655$135$297,368,0608Summit
4Hubble 3D$66,314-2%15197$439$14,164,87723Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$62,8305%388-244$162$24,411,2875Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$51,5550%647-1436$80$30,449,4554Universal
7Grown Ups$43,98310%424-544$104$159,035,2319Sony / Columbia
8Shrek Forever After$35,6866%232-22$154$237,806,21814Paramount / DreamWorks
9Knight and Day$35,21416%277-33$127$75,745,0969Fox
10Winter's Bone$27,4334%131-5$209$5,234,73611Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$25,73717%223-141$115$130,133,3698Paramount
12Predators$17,445-7%234-109$75$51,433,8607Fox
13The A-Team$13,1205%151-53$87$77,006,34111Fox
14Marmaduke$9,95020%122-29$82$33,511,18412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$21,846-3%160$1,365$23,889,24580Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$12,84541%706$184$622,5532UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,520-1%29-15$259$585,6943Warner Bros.
4The Concert$7,30020%201$365$301,8915Weinstein Company
5The Tillman Story$6,4733%4--$1,618$64,9721Weinstein Company
6Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,70125%27--$211$400,7525NeoClassics
7Cyrus$4,830-4%56-28$86$7,327,90710Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$4,333-3%209$217$119,78827-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$3,34852%35-26$96$53,027,11015Summit
10Middle Men$2,6127%16-236$163$728,7613Paramount
11Solitary Man$2,17575%19-9$114$4,298,59114Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,0627%8-4$258$114,2913Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$1,514-15%50$303$44,3202Disney
14Princess Kaiulani$28536%1-2$285$870,33715Roadside Attractions
15City Island$229-16%4-4$57$6,669,60123Anchor Bay