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. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$5,681,091-28%2,808--$2,023$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$4,219,805-35%3,23923$1,303$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$2,586,558-45%3,34976$772$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$1,940,287-43%3,13928$618$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$1,621,090-41%2,424243$669$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$1,274,542-41%3,1080$410$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$998,994-50%2,767-154$361$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$864,452-50%2,860-159$302$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$478,561-46%1,608-310$298$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$435,352-48%2,010-226$217$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$220,594-53%1,262-370$175$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$487,658-38%565510$863$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$200,688-41%933-322$215$51,219,7336Fox
3Waiting for 'Superman'$123,618-42%33040$375$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
4Devil$114,255-53%635-7$180$33,099,5607Universal
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,487-42%477-83$221$5,787,0944Focus
6Alpha and Omega$95,726-56%676-51$142$24,087,3987Lionsgate
7Inception$87,945-43%401-51$219$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$71,285-44%713-976$100$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
9N-Secure$67,712-51%367-78$185$2,399,1483Freestyle
10Stone$65,873-36%12512$527$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
11Despicable Me$63,885-49%33511$191$247,877,10517Universal
12Case 39$47,723-36%406-315$118$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$45,617-35%378-135$121$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$41,066-46%302-1$136$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$36,618-34%153-62$239$988,5334Weinstein Company
16Catfish$27,385-27%137-2$200$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
17Never Let Me Go$25,195-33%126-52$200$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
18Takers$20,136-54%132-18$153$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
19Resident Evil: Afterlife$19,796-35%140-73$141$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
20Buried$16,334-21%10719$153$970,1016Lionsgate
21Eat Pray Love$16,282-30%111-63$147$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,914-34%611$622$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$8,041-16%8-1$1,005$760,418,43346Fox
3Lottery Ticket$7,476-55%70-22$107$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$6,796-48%160$425$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wild Target$6,460-29%4--$1,615$23,1741Freestyle
6Machete$4,638-45%56--$83$26,552,5449Fox
7The American$4,636-45%42-34$110$35,596,2279Focus
8The Tillman Story$4,597-27%240$192$741,40811Weinstein Company
9I Want Your Money$4,018-26%59-113$68$425,8993Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$3,240-34%350$93$472,3947Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$2,830-62%49-5$58$36,645,30511Fox
12Winter's Bone$1,602-33%11-7$146$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$1,372-72%19--$72$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
14The Concert$1,004-45%61$167$651,54115Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$527-35%3-5$176$89,8214Anchor Bay