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, Oct. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$16,725,083-24%3,081--$5,428$38,769,6871Paramount
2Red (2010)$9,204,73726%3,255--$2,828$16,511,2311Summit
3The Social Network$4,581,96937%2,86897$1,598$60,039,8463Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$3,989,58840%3,0720$1,299$24,843,8002Disney
5Life As We Know It$3,855,59626%3,1500$1,224$26,573,9732Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,897,29882%2,502-723$758$44,706,0434Warner Bros.
7The Town$1,803,15746%2,368-352$761$79,574,0565Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$1,402,45039%2,529-43$555$11,158,1402Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$1,201,28140%2,314-533$519$51,743,2535Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,084,33150%2,045-784$530$47,339,4174Fox
11You Again$553,24647%1,588-744$348$22,695,7564Disney
12Case 39$533,58537%1,406-806$380$11,639,3073Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$372,92046%1,211-831$308$10,844,3163Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$523,65130%75715$692$3,707,3722Focus
2N-Secure$513,09521%486--$1,056$935,9741Freestyle
3Devil$468,05055%891-551$525$31,372,1655Universal
4Alpha and Omega$358,42097%969-647$370$22,285,2715Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$298,83314%18279$1,642$2,340,6934Paramount Vantage
6Inception$161,78347%297-106$545$289,675,49814Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$154,38058%332-21$465$246,958,03515Universal
8Nowhere Boy$154,22571%215211$717$315,8342Weinstein Company
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$153,99356%438-574$352$59,637,0126Sony / Screen Gems
10Never Let Me Go$140,49542%23265$606$1,572,5675Fox Searchlight
11I Want Your Money$97,05715%537--$181$181,2041Freestyle
12Takers$93,30083%215-197$434$57,050,9648Sony / Screen Gems
13Catfish$91,06044%116-27$785$2,573,0965Universal / Rogue
14The Expendables$82,08851%30681$268$102,927,53610Lionsgate
15Eat Pray Love$75,20237%30388$248$80,219,29610Sony / Columbia
16Salt$64,75241%200-66$324$118,137,17713Sony / Columbia
17The Other Guys$54,84449%174-115$315$118,186,48511Sony / Columbia
18Buried$53,31027%10311$518$730,1724Lionsgate
19Nanny McPhee Returns$45,05057%205-113$220$28,864,5759Universal
20Lottery Ticket$43,46690%138-56$315$24,562,0409Warner Bros.
21Grown Ups$35,29663%114-45$310$161,900,06717Sony / Columbia
22The American$31,76242%144-30$221$35,474,0187Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stone$98,27445%4135$2,397$278,9672Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$93,39854%6--$15,566$154,0991Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$70,01022%611$1,148$16,730,33431Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$44,58553%11--$4,053$73,7311Fox Searchlight
5Vampires Suck$20,16875%87-103$232$36,577,6459Fox
6Machete$19,32250%96-71$201$26,463,7027Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$17,5094%16-2$1,094$24,484,97588Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$15,50156%77-42$201$43,564,75112Warner Bros.
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,00740%49-34$265$300,517,05716Summit
10Ramona and Beezus$11,99336%54-52$222$26,084,87013Fox
11Jack Goes Boating$11,77456%49-41$240$421,0225Relativity / Overture
12Avatar$7,711156%10-4$771$760,333,94544Fox
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$6,97827%11-1$634$61,2972Anchor Bay
14The Kids Are All Right$6,55831%28-3$234$20,799,18315Focus
15Going the Distance (2010)$5,61226%58-138$97$17,793,2147Warner Bros. / New Line
16The Tillman Story$5,43947%17-7$320$687,4259Weinstein Company
17Piranha 3D$5,42485%28-26$194$24,969,7599Weinstein Company
18Winter's Bone$4,992124%34-18$147$6,186,82719Roadside Attractions
19The Concert$2,13338%9-1$237$639,43313Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$28833%1-1$288$165,75811Anchor Bay