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 Mon, Nov. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,785,460-65%4,125--$2,130$133,802,8321Warner Bros.
2Megamind$1,514,190-67%3,779-170$401$110,827,6193Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$1,132,834-63%3,2092$353$43,000,6032Fox
4Due Date$917,013-58%3,229-136$284$73,348,6073Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$616,955-61%2,564--$241$7,159,7341Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$480,210-62%2,54426$189$20,303,3462Paramount
7Skyline$360,375-62%2,8833$125$18,133,1352Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$257,531-58%2,034-844$127$83,847,4966Summit
9For Colored Girls$190,227-66%1,216-911$156$34,629,8803Lionsgate
10Secretariat$110,771-58%1,010-1009$110$56,489,2747Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$94,932-56%1,101-1302$86$83,678,1625Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$120,099-68%386211$311$3,844,6453Summit
2127 Hours$103,961-61%10886$963$2,006,2973Fox Searchlight
3The Social Network$96,834-59%571-517$170$89,341,2988Sony / Columbia
4Jackass 3D$88,581-52%687-920$129$116,183,0236Paramount
5Saw 3D$86,889-57%806-1170$108$45,374,0644Lionsgate
6Life As We Know It$54,617-56%558-681$98$51,685,5797Warner Bros.
7Despicable Me$33,500-56%268-5$125$249,202,87520Universal
8Guzaarish$30,317-79%108--$281$518,4381UTV
9Hereafter$30,040-61%403-1288$75$32,215,4866Warner Bros.
10Alpha and Omega$23,650-62%252129$94$24,826,72310Lionsgate
11The Town$21,910-57%165-210$133$91,004,17910Warner Bros.
12Inception$18,590-51%198-64$94$292,086,68519Warner Bros.
13Waiting for 'Superman'$17,696-45%118-86$150$6,148,1629Paramount Vantage
14Conviction$17,143-61%190-303$90$6,454,8506Fox Searchlight
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$9,353-61%185-64$51$52,325,4289Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,669-62%138-102$63$54,478,8219Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,238-7%571$671$18,393,52736Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$9,0890%13-1$699$24,865,72193Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$4,118-59%55-32$75$1,715,9497Relativity / Overture
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,155-46%46-21$69$6,353,2137Focus
5Let Me In$2,612-58%85-58$31$12,117,4348Relativity / Overture
6Nowhere Boy$2,608-70%60-51$43$1,397,0667Weinstein Company
7Catfish$1,170-58%13-12$90$3,222,32310Universal / Rogue
8Wild Target$878-56%72$125$65,5704Freestyle
9Jack Goes Boating$545-47%18-16$30$522,46710Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$309-53%11-10$28$789,16314Weinstein Company