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. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Takers$7,749,6354%2,206--$3,513$15,225,8421Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$7,050,793-25%2,874--$2,453$16,457,6141Lionsgate
3The Expendables$3,972,22046%3,398128$1,169$79,205,8073Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,751,97628%3,10826$885$58,615,9283Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$2,710,98741%3,181-291$852$97,360,0474Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$2,297,56837%3,2330$711$26,584,6362Fox
7Inception$2,096,90346%2,070-331$1,013$269,177,3157Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$2,042,54054%2,79814$730$15,648,4952Universal
9The Switch (2010)$1,950,86734%2,0175$967$15,236,9712Miramax
10Lottery Ticket$1,736,94155%1,9730$880$16,290,0992Warner Bros.
11Piranha 3D$1,725,13235%2,49121$693$16,962,7412Weinstein Company
12Despicable Me$1,237,48065%1,833-403$675$235,405,4108Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,010,01030%1,566-1254$645$25,446,5853Universal
14Salt$819,65443%1,168-626$702$112,770,7976Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$779,12041%1,501-648$519$68,756,7285Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$518,97139%901-691$576$39,378,7584Disney
2Toy Story 3$427,12360%600-130$712$405,342,43511Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$288,68385%823-757$351$41,048,8185Warner Bros.
4The Kids Are All Right$242,41872%342-62$709$19,011,2458Focus
5The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,33846%476-81$457$297,879,1099Summit
6The Last Airbender$183,33661%30683$599$130,468,6199Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$141,95764%354-34$401$24,725,9576Fox
8Grown Ups$128,64757%263-161$489$159,315,14210Sony / Columbia
9The Karate Kid (2010)$110,10868%255-59$432$175,835,97012Sony / Columbia
10Hubble 3D$99,81554%1510$661$14,459,94624Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Charlie St. Cloud$94,82542%333-314$285$30,698,2605Universal
12Shrek Forever After$88,24080%207-25$426$237,998,49515Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$80,99137%229-48$354$75,944,04010Fox
14Predators$69,64252%187-47$372$51,581,4668Fox
15Winter's Bone$63,04367%117-13$539$5,385,87912Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,553,43326%0----$752,552,61937Fox
2The A-Team$30,29041%92-59$329$77,081,25312Fox
3Flipped$29,28543%26-3$1,126$650,4204Warner Bros.
4Peepli Live$26,40662%45-25$587$687,2223UTV Communications
5The Concert$23,64179%200$1,182$354,9056Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$21,61122%160$1,351$23,969,08281Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Marmaduke$18,389110%66-56$279$33,553,08913Fox
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$17,90186%21-6$852$439,1146NeoClassics
9The Tillman Story$12,41033%51$2,482$98,1562Weinstein Company
10Cyrus$6,46733%32-24$202$7,348,19311Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$5,81838%12-8$485$137,46937-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$4,33929%190$228$4,309,99815Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,13413%7-1$591$126,4754Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,71167%1--$1,711$10,4393People Pictures
15City Island$27752%1-3$277$6,670,52224Anchor Bay
16Princess Kaiulani$275-14%10$275$871,41916Roadside Attractions
17Tales From Earthsea$202159%1-4$202$47,7343Disney