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, Nov. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$38,226,254-38%4,125--$9,267$99,910,8041Warner Bros.
2Megamind$7,657,530106%3,779-170$2,026$104,676,0613Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$5,869,33145%3,2092$1,829$38,788,6882Fox
4Due Date$3,844,13433%3,229-136$1,191$70,255,4673Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$2,739,08123%2,564--$1,068$4,960,8421Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$2,328,66845%2,54426$915$18,562,2042Paramount
7Skyline$1,528,03041%2,8833$530$16,821,3702Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$1,161,64863%2,034-844$571$82,982,3916Summit
9For Colored Girls$1,087,49067%1,216-911$894$33,878,1063Lionsgate
10Secretariat$439,71865%1,010-1009$435$56,113,3957Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$427,09341%1,101-1302$388$83,366,8325Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$696,60883%386211$1,805$3,346,7463Summit
2The Social Network$447,02778%571-517$783$89,006,4478Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$391,22151%10886$3,622$1,635,9583Fox Searchlight
4Saw 3D$376,64842%806-1170$467$45,082,8434Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$327,42745%687-920$477$115,910,4236Paramount
6Life As We Know It$241,38441%558-681$433$51,507,3697Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$210,74055%108--$1,951$346,4441UTV
8Despicable Me$129,970106%268-5$485$249,092,99020Universal
9Hereafter$126,97758%403-1288$315$32,107,6546Warner Bros.
10The Town$100,44273%165-210$609$90,931,31710Warner Bros.
11Alpha and Omega$91,194112%252129$362$24,741,48110Lionsgate
12Conviction$85,54485%190-303$450$6,393,6236Fox Searchlight
13Inception$68,90147%198-64$348$292,030,15719Warner Bros.
14Waiting for 'Superman'$48,82773%118-86$414$6,098,5219Paramount Vantage
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$47,50547%185-64$257$52,292,2649Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$35,20367%138-102$255$54,447,1329Warner Bros.
17Easy A$29,79651%105-92$284$57,631,31710Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$58,60218%571$1,028$18,314,28136Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Nowhere Boy$16,48085%60-51$275$1,385,8817Weinstein Company
3Stone$14,91260%55-32$271$1,701,7407Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$12,117-7%13-1$932$24,847,52193Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Let Me In$9,73554%85-58$115$12,108,6018Relativity / Overture
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$9,19645%46-21$200$6,344,2087Focus
7Cool It$4,82796%421$115$49,4922Roadside Attractions
8Catfish$3,96542%13-12$305$3,218,35310Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$2,41156%18-16$134$520,89810Relativity / Overture
10Wild Target$2,35938%72$337$62,6854Freestyle
11The Tillman Story$91427%11-10$83$788,19914Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$44451%4-6$111$6,225,14624Roadside Attractions