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, Nov. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,342,898-7%3,207--$419$28,861,9141Fox
2Due Date$1,044,336-6%3,36510$310$63,519,4122Warner Bros.
3Megamind$973,034-7%3,9495$246$93,300,5982Paramount / DreamWorks
4Morning Glory (2010)$619,639-9%2,5180$246$14,622,9031Paramount
5Skyline$475,115-15%2,880--$165$14,211,7751Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$335,866-5%2,878-351$117$81,106,9225Summit
7For Colored Girls$310,035-5%2,1270$146$32,139,6972Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$174,509-15%1,976-832$88$44,441,1463Lionsgate
9Secretariat$164,8210%2,019-595$82$55,406,5946Disney
10Paranormal Activity 2$156,774-6%2,403-765$65$82,637,7704Paramount
11Jackass 3D$152,787-15%1,607-558$95$115,357,0915Paramount
12The Social Network$122,741-3%1,088-772$113$88,308,7877Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$107,484-5%1,691-514$64$31,900,2165Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$83,310-1%1,239-486$67$51,094,5836Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$85,140-5%175129$487$2,268,7272Summit
2Conviction$55,331-7%493-179$112$6,261,7945Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$41,65915%204-38$204$6,021,4558Paramount Vantage
4The Town$33,534-14%375-426$89$90,772,7819Warner Bros.
5Inception$20,790-1%262-29$79$291,914,44518Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$20,4757%273-34$75$248,900,04019Universal
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$15,557-4%249-104$62$52,212,3488Fox
8Nowhere Boy$7,573-4%111-64$68$1,360,4826Weinstein Company
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7,2109%240-290$30$54,390,8578Warner Bros.
10Let Me In$5,862-4%14348$41$12,092,5387Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,3259%123-165$35$24,607,2939Lionsgate
12Devil$4,1950%120-164$35$33,601,1909Universal
13Case 39$3,192-8%106-51$30$13,261,8517Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$46,23147%56-4$826$18,206,04835Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$41,751-7%2218$1,898$985,8032Fox Searchlight
3Stone$9,0492%87-22$104$1,677,5106Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$7,411-6%140$529$24,822,33992Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,9650%67-134$74$6,328,6916Focus
6Cool It$4,21522%41--$103$42,2011Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$3,1962%32-19$100$2,342,7919Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,75015%25-30$110$3,211,5989Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,73344%343$51$516,9409Relativity / Overture
10Avatar$1,444190%6-3$241$760,507,62548Fox
11The Tillman Story$1,19522%21-3$57$786,56713Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$866-4%50$173$58,6193Freestyle
13N-Secure$604-28%20-85$30$2,595,6445Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$241-1%100$24$6,224,40723Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$629%82$8$25,003,15513Weinstein Company