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, Sep. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,073,258-69%2,823--$380$20,879,3761Focus
2Machete$1,012,596-62%2,670--$379$15,115,4841Fox
3Takers$778,411-71%2,2060$353$40,765,2282Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$616,264-62%3,030--$203$9,124,5541Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Expendables$497,432-71%3,3980$146$94,383,0264Lionsgate
6Eat Pray Love$484,327-65%2,663-445$182$70,763,9714Sony / Columbia
7The Last Exorcism$447,231-68%2,8740$156$33,969,8062Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$337,980-75%2,607-574$130$108,468,8195Sony / Columbia
9Inception$329,334-75%1,704-366$193$278,786,9438Warner Bros.
10The Switch (2010)$253,262-68%1,885-132$134$22,545,4633Miramax
11Piranha 3D$202,088-65%1,789-702$113$23,308,0473Weinstein Company
12Nanny McPhee Returns$175,985-86%2,708-90$65$23,848,6453Universal
13Despicable Me$135,985-87%1,600-233$85$241,634,6159Universal
14Vampires Suck$126,615-83%2,434-799$52$33,367,2173Fox
15Lottery Ticket$116,410-79%1,310-663$89$21,191,3823Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$109,923-86%1,520920$72$409,000,33112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$182,484-74%8120$225$758,430,32438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$125,085-71%807-759$155$29,392,2154Universal
3Salt$87,469-75%705-463$124$115,649,1317Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$64,970-73%804-697$81$71,231,7866Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$62,785-69%434-467$145$41,347,1825Disney
6The Kids Are All Right$30,849-69%239-103$129$19,922,1079Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,685-72%396-80$77$298,829,15110Summit
8Hubble 3D$28,350-74%123-28$230$15,138,77225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Last Airbender$21,827-78%257-49$85$131,178,97810Paramount
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$21,250-88%455-368$47$42,230,5736Warner Bros.
11Ramona and Beezus$12,559-88%305-49$41$25,318,7597Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,895-71%220-113$45$31,010,9056Universal
13Shrek Forever After$8,824-83%179-28$49$238,380,81116Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$6,855-75%142-87$48$76,238,59411Fox
15Predators$5,364-60%111-76$48$51,794,1979Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tillman Story$12,630-71%2419$526$316,1903Weinstein Company
2Winter's Bone$10,139-68%93-26$109$5,650,14513Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$4,593-78%160$287$24,115,54782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,167-78%282$149$774,3035Warner Bros.
5The A-Team$3,145-61%54-38$58$77,190,47913Fox
6The Concert$3,010-79%200$151$456,4267Weinstein Company
7Marmaduke$1,607-83%45-21$36$33,631,95414Fox
8Cyrus$1,454-45%26-6$56$7,382,56212Fox Searchlight
9La Soga$1,200-51%5-7$240$163,03247-57 Releasing
10Solitary Man$1,018-51%245$42$4,340,66116Anchor Bay
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$881-67%6-1$147$147,9535Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$632-58%32$211$876,93617Roadside Attractions
13White Wedding (2009)$358-69%4--$90$7,3621Dada Films