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, Oct. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$5,569,315-37%2,771--$2,010$22,445,6531Sony / Columbia
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,154,524-39%3,5750$882$30,079,2982Warner Bros.
3The Town$2,361,449-45%2,93550$805$64,056,7523Warner Bros.
4Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,327,556-47%3,59732$647$35,778,4292Fox
5Easy A$1,457,028-52%2,974118$490$42,176,9673Sony / Screen Gems
6Case 39$1,345,939-38%2,211--$609$5,350,5701Paramount Vantage
7You Again$1,302,375-52%2,5480$511$16,607,6332Disney
8Let Me In$1,176,041-43%2,021--$582$5,147,4791Relativity / Overture
9Alpha and Omega$949,759-30%2,303-322$412$18,949,4373Lionsgate
10Devil$777,380-53%2,392-419$325$27,291,4603Universal
11Resident Evil: Afterlife$767,443-37%1,907-735$402$56,615,1004Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$186,575-60%625-282$299$288,405,37612Warner Bros.
2Takers$176,386-53%773-640$228$56,161,3476Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$157,761-32%13679$1,160$1,621,3493Universal / Rogue
4Despicable Me$125,010-39%463-147$270$246,091,77013Universal
5The Other Guys$94,820-55%566-481$168$117,697,1209Sony / Columbia
6Eat Pray Love$88,466-35%398-457$222$79,710,0838Sony / Columbia
7Salt$77,982-36%288102$271$117,562,73311Sony / Columbia
8Nanny McPhee Returns$62,530-38%481-284$130$28,520,9607Universal
9Lottery Ticket$60,031-50%302--$199$24,245,4057Warner Bros.
10The Expendables$59,709-43%410-442$146$102,516,7208Lionsgate
11Machete$57,396-37%314-368$183$26,205,1405Fox
12The American$49,238-49%374-941$132$35,202,4715Focus
13Grown Ups$41,475-46%230-35$180$161,645,86115Sony / Columbia
14Dinner for Schmucks$41,112-44%261-62$158$72,810,23410Paramount / DreamWorks
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$38,301-31%188-79$204$43,432,94510Warner Bros.
16Vampires Suck$36,762-45%261-154$141$36,365,3617Fox
17The Last Exorcism$26,359-56%307-400$86$40,990,0556Lionsgate
18Ramona and Beezus$23,517-38%161-30$146$25,972,32911Fox
19The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$18,758-39%141-83$133$300,412,21614Summit
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$17,380-40%120-113$145$31,494,2708Universal
21The Virginity Hit$12,302-35%434-266$28$535,2494Sony / Columbia
22Going the Distance (2010)$8,864-50%121-354$73$17,666,4235Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$107,226-25%3430$3,154$601,6072Paramount Vantage
2Never Let Me Go$53,057-33%4317$1,234$723,8733Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$40,359-22%58-3$696$16,160,40429Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jack Goes Boating$27,033-38%7942$342$271,2013Relativity / Overture
5Buried$26,152-35%3322$792$236,4472Lionsgate
6Piranha 3D$16,961-45%9529$179$24,899,7757Weinstein Company
7Winter's Bone$11,892-38%72-7$165$6,122,29117Roadside Attractions
8The Kids Are All Right$11,251-43%64-43$176$20,731,80213Focus
9Under the Sea 3D$8,754-25%180$486$24,335,25786Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tillman Story$6,989-26%270$259$633,3777Weinstein Company
11Avatar$6,819-28%19-10$359$760,277,66542Fox
12The Concert$6,130-32%213$292$612,36511Weinstein Company
13Flipped$3,086-58%35-71$88$1,739,1409Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$1,157-44%13-42$89$110,0294Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$556-53%31$185$161,3919Anchor Bay