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 Thu, Oct. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,825,607-4%2,771--$659$30,569,1701Sony / Columbia
2The Town$772,194-7%2,93550$263$67,436,5193Warner Bros.
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$726,351-9%3,59732$202$39,041,5782Fox
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$568,2343%3,5750$159$32,385,9652Warner Bros.
5Easy A$457,50711%2,974118$154$43,938,7833Sony / Screen Gems
6You Again$414,8904%2,5480$163$18,257,2132Disney
7Case 39$353,917-4%2,211--$160$6,969,7001Paramount Vantage
8Let Me In$346,662-4%2,021--$172$6,723,8011Relativity / Overture
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$241,9483%1,907-735$127$57,611,7264Sony / Screen Gems
10Devil$227,9506%2,392-419$95$28,236,8353Universal
11Alpha and Omega$151,91813%2,303-322$66$19,517,6743Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$73,3364%625-282$117$288,691,29612Warner Bros.
2Takers$53,7181%773-640$69$56,384,7816Sony / Screen Gems
3Catfish$52,151-6%13679$383$1,842,7513Universal / Rogue
4Eat Pray Love$39,721-3%398-457$100$79,866,9468Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$34,19415%566-481$60$117,825,7899Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$29,9958%463-147$65$246,209,75013Universal
7The Expendables$24,66810%410-442$60$102,610,6018Lionsgate
8The American$20,853-3%374-941$56$35,290,0965Focus
9Machete$20,211-4%314-368$64$26,288,9905Fox
10Dinner for Schmucks$17,624-1%261-62$68$72,879,62610Paramount / DreamWorks
11Lottery Ticket$14,9622%302-68$50$24,307,8887Warner Bros.
12Nanny McPhee Returns$14,39520%481-284$30$28,576,0357Universal
13Vampires Suck$12,9075%261-154$49$36,411,5507Fox
14The Last Exorcism$11,4656%307-400$37$41,034,3506Lionsgate
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,95419%141-83$56$300,438,76614Summit
16Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$7,7758%120-113$65$31,524,2758Universal
17The Virginity Hit$6,9141%434-266$16$563,7064Sony / Columbia
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,91414%188-79$37$43,461,63210Warner Bros.
19Ramona and Beezus$4,98927%161-30$31$25,990,37611Fox
20Going the Distance (2010)$4,39912%121-354$36$17,682,5495Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$51,01415%3430$1,500$774,9512Paramount Vantage
2Hubble 3D$31,928-3%58--$550$16,281,93029Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$19,660-2%4317$457$803,9633Fox Searchlight
4Buried$14,70116%3322$445$289,3442Lionsgate
5Jack Goes Boating$10,627-12%7942$135$316,0903Relativity / Overture
6The Kids Are All Right$6,4732%64-43$101$20,755,52113Focus
7Winter's Bone$6,141-1%79-3$78$6,144,89417Roadside Attractions
8Under the Sea 3D$5,023-26%180$279$24,359,43986Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Piranha 3D$5,0192%9529$53$24,921,0067Weinstein Company
10The Tillman Story$3,604-16%270$133$649,3147Weinstein Company
11The Concert$3,4395%213$164$623,64811Weinstein Company
12Avatar$2,527-20%19-10$133$760,290,29042Fox
13Flipped$1,5372%35-71$44$1,745,2749Warner Bros.
14Bran Nue Dae$9331%13-42$72$113,5684Freestyle Releasing
15The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2621%31$87$162,7739Anchor Bay