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. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$7,528,877-42%3,216--$2,341$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$5,525,365-33%3,11130$1,776$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$3,839,335-42%3,27318$1,173$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$2,979,124-39%2,1812175$1,366$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$1,943,454-37%3,10836$625$37,444,0683Disney
6The Social Network$1,751,584-46%2,92153$600$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$1,440,181-47%3,019-131$477$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,036,813-28%2,236-266$464$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$711,386-42%1,918-450$371$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$390,679-51%1,632-682$239$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$311,193-45%1,255-790$248$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$253,350-46%1,689-840$150$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alpha and Omega$249,259-20%727-242$343$23,512,8756Lionsgate
2Waiting for 'Superman'$208,448-28%290108$719$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$177,347-39%560-197$317$5,109,1893Focus
4Inception$132,025-39%452155$292$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
5Devil$125,225-58%642-249$195$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$122,803-53%445-41$276$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Stone$104,456-33%11372$924$785,1133Relativity / Overture
8Despicable Me$103,680-38%324-8$320$247,519,95016Universal
9Case 39$102,479-42%721-685$142$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$65,286-41%513-698$127$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
11The Other Guys$62,629-39%303129$207$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
12Nowhere Boy$62,247-33%2150$290$767,0653Weinstein Company
13Never Let Me Go$55,521-30%178-54$312$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
14Catfish$46,534-34%13923$335$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
15Resident Evil: Afterlife$40,843-28%213-225$192$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
16Eat Pray Love$28,969-31%174-129$166$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
17Takers$26,148-56%150-65$174$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
18Nanny McPhee Returns$23,935-29%150-55$160$28,995,45010Universal
19Salt$19,317-44%125-75$155$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
20I Want Your Money$11,377-33%172-365$66$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$88,720-35%5544$1,613$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$52,490-23%60-1$875$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Buried$17,976-19%88-15$204$885,4545Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$14,886-39%160$930$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Grown Ups$13,939-46%87-27$160$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
6Lottery Ticket$13,177-52%92-46$143$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
7The American$8,559-37%76-68$113$35,562,1138Focus
8Vampires Suck$7,041-34%54-33$130$36,623,44910Fox
9Machete$7,007-17%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
10Avatar$5,496-52%9-1$611$760,375,01845Fox
11The Tillman Story$5,392-29%247$225$715,17010Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$3,313-38%35-14$95$453,5956Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,392-9%8-3$299$83,5593Anchor Bay
14The Concert$1,331-20%5-4$266$646,77114Weinstein Company
15Winter's Bone$877-47%18-16$49$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
16Piranha 3D$501-58%0-28--$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$425%21$21$166,67112Anchor Bay