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, Sep. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,841,73726%2,823--$1,715$11,829,6481Focus
2Takers$4,204,06837%2,2060$1,906$33,720,5882Sony / Screen Gems
3Machete$3,805,293-2%2,670--$1,425$7,671,6501Fox
4The Last Exorcism$2,767,93323%2,8740$963$29,786,0752Lionsgate
5The Expendables$2,455,92349%3,3980$723$89,674,7034Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,388,0657%3,030--$788$4,617,4471Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,950,06943%2,607-574$748$104,778,6455Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,758,32732%2,663-445$660$67,197,7864Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,697,28247%1,704-366$996$275,428,3238Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,394,62058%2,708-90$515$21,140,6803Universal
11Vampires Suck$1,290,05857%2,434-799$530$31,408,8413Fox
12Despicable Me$1,160,03073%1,600-233$725$239,282,8659Universal
13The Switch (2010)$1,151,10735%1,885-132$611$20,377,8923Miramax
14Lottery Ticket$905,55576%1,310-663$691$19,778,6183Warner Bros.
15Piranha 3D$895,20346%1,789-702$500$21,602,9133Weinstein Company
16Toy Story 3$764,22882%1,520920$503$407,339,29512Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$842,53249%812--$1,038$756,692,29738Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$577,00538%807-759$715$28,278,5554Universal
3Salt$474,95049%705-463$674$114,753,7167Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$380,44145%804-697$473$70,534,1046Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$304,17761%434-467$701$40,782,4555Disney
6Grown Ups$227,47163%383120$594$159,811,67711Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$180,60069%455-368$397$41,853,9116Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,47744%396-80$413$298,530,25510Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$158,28756%239-103$662$19,656,8129Focus
10The Last Airbender$128,25371%257-49$499$130,940,14710Paramount
11Hubble 3D$111,456106%123-28$906$14,880,78525Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$106,51669%305-49$349$25,109,0887Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$101,20989%227-28$446$176,146,73813Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,479105%179-28$438$238,240,39216Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$60,52557%220-113$275$30,910,8006Universal
16Knight and Day$53,26348%142-87$375$76,156,73811Fox
17Predators$35,70374%111-76$322$51,731,2859Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$110,97754%78--$1,423$183,1271UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$52,16353%2419$2,173$210,4193Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$45,97951%90-27$511$5,567,90613Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$26,54488%160$1,659$24,067,32782Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$19,38552%282$692$732,2635Warner Bros.
6The Concert$18,25785%200$913$422,3827Weinstein Company
7The A-Team$16,52966%54-38$306$77,146,93113Fox
8Peepli Live$12,05295%26-19$464$736,6584UTV Communications
9Marmaduke$11,25782%45-21$250$33,600,71614Fox
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$10,58181%18-3$588$475,7437NeoClassics
11Cyrus$5,58626%26-6$215$7,373,61712Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,99170%245$166$4,333,47916Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,19243%6-1$532$140,9505Anchor Bay
14La Soga$2,95050%5-7$590$155,60347-57 Releasing
15White Wedding (2009)$1,716-28%4--$429$4,1001Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$833-5%32$278$874,61817Roadside Attractions