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 Sun, Sep. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,491,927-7%2,823--$1,591$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$3,744,514-2%2,670--$1,402$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$3,606,969-14%2,2060$1,635$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$2,513,2002%3,3980$740$92,187,9034Lionsgate
5The Last Exorcism$2,328,285-16%2,8740$810$32,114,3602Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,267,517-5%3,030--$748$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,975,4551%2,607-574$758$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Inception$1,717,1801%1,704-366$1,008$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
9Eat Pray Love$1,707,006-3%2,663-445$641$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,259,220-10%2,708-90$465$22,399,9003Universal
11Despicable Me$1,152,100-1%1,600-233$720$240,434,9659Universal
12The Switch (2010)$1,116,805-3%1,885-132$592$21,494,6973Miramax
13Vampires Suck$1,085,983-16%2,434-799$446$32,494,8243Fox
14Piranha 3D$925,1523%1,789-702$517$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Toy Story 3$760,8790%1,520920$501$408,100,17412Disney
16Lottery Ticket$730,467-19%1,310-663$558$20,509,0853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$851,3371%812--$1,048$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$556,830-3%807-759$690$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$464,752-2%705-463$659$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$389,0702%804-697$484$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$301,085-1%434-467$694$41,083,5405Disney
6Grown Ups$235,7954%383120$616$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$178,333-1%455-368$392$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$157,086-4%396-80$397$298,687,34110Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$133,835-15%239-103$560$19,790,6479Focus
10The Last Airbender$118,272-8%257-49$460$131,058,41910Paramount
11Hubble 3D$112,5481%123-28$915$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$95,960-10%305-49$315$25,205,0487Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$91,427-10%227-28$403$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,6510%179-28$439$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$56,100-7%220-113$255$30,966,9006Universal
16Knight and Day$47,184-11%142-87$332$76,203,92211Fox
17Predators$44,03523%111-76$397$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$113,7803%78--$1,459$296,9071UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$50,060-4%2419$2,086$260,4793Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$41,057-11%90-27$456$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
4The A-Team$32,42696%54-38$600$77,179,35713Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$23,068-13%160$1,442$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Marmaduke$20,02578%45-21$445$33,620,74114Fox
7Flipped$18,783-3%282$671$751,0465Warner Bros.
8The Concert$16,864-8%200$843$439,2467Weinstein Company
9Peepli Live$11,470-5%26-19$441$748,1284UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,451-11%18-3$525$485,1947NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,841-13%26-6$186$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,899-2%245$162$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
13La Soga$3,78928%5-7$758$159,39247-57 Releasing
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,4709%6-1$578$144,4205Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$1,7593%4--$440$5,8591Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$180-78%32$60$874,79817Roadside Attractions