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 Wed, Nov. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$14,425,86341%4,125--$3,497$158,493,0481Warner Bros.
2Tangled$11,869,194--3,603--$3,294$11,869,1940Disney
3Burlesque$2,865,612--3,037--$944$2,865,6120Sony / Screen Gems
4Megamind$2,693,41129%3,411-538$790$115,608,0383Paramount / DreamWorks
5Love and Other Drugs$2,239,489--2,366--$947$2,239,4890Fox
6Unstoppable (2010)$1,911,92823%3,26154$586$46,462,8542Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,601,189--2,454--$652$1,601,1890CBS Films
8Due Date$1,368,0329%2,733-632$501$75,970,9233Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$748,045-5%2,564--$292$8,698,8811Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$610,307-10%2,441-77$250$21,593,2752Paramount
11Skyline$240,335-46%2,8833$83$18,820,3352Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$277,683121%279257$995$2,409,5843Fox Searchlight
2Red (2010)$222,170-38%914-1964$243$84,433,0006Summit
3Fair Game (2010)$184,52023%396221$466$4,179,3463Summit
4For Colored Girls$160,220-25%605-1522$265$35,004,6073Lionsgate
5Secretariat$119,919-19%501-1518$239$56,757,6757Disney
6The Social Network$113,803-13%291-797$391$89,585,6478Sony / Columbia
7Despicable Me$73,15056%266-7$275$249,322,99020Universal
8Guzaarish$60,44920%108--$560$629,2231UTV
9Paranormal Activity 2$44,190-63%279-2124$158$83,842,9135Paramount
10The Town$40,21349%318-57$126$91,071,33710Warner Bros.
11Jackass 3D$37,900-68%183-1424$207$116,340,9706Paramount
12Alpha and Omega$34,7367%228105$152$24,894,04310Lionsgate
13Easy A$33,178--105--$316$57,679,80810Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$29,451-62%301-938$98$51,792,3167Warner Bros.
15Saw 3D$25,245-78%806-1170$31$45,514,0754Lionsgate
16Inception$24,6707%164-98$150$292,134,45419Warner Bros.
17Hereafter$15,445-56%313-1378$49$32,266,2796Warner Bros.
18Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$12,67434%130-110$97$54,500,9849Warner Bros.
19Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$9,258-33%124-125$75$52,348,4229Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$48,049-24%571$843$18,505,14236Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Waiting for 'Superman'$12,572-50%69-135$182$6,186,0649Paramount Vantage
3Under the Sea 3D$11,399-17%13-1$877$24,890,85393Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Nutcracker in 3D$10,019--45--$223$10,0190Freestyle Releasing
5Conviction$9,092-63%88-405$103$6,488,2146Fox Searchlight
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,693-1%46-21$80$6,360,6297Focus
7Nowhere Boy$3,547-12%60-51$59$1,404,6247Weinstein Company
8Stone$2,277-58%23-64$99$1,723,6987Relativity / Overture
9Wild Target$1,32068%72$189$67,6774Freestyle
10Let Me In$1,262-60%31-112$41$12,121,8498Relativity / Overture
11Catfish$1,260-12%9-16$140$3,225,01310Universal / Rogue
12Jack Goes Boating$69317%9-25$77$523,75310Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$259-31%11-10$24$789,80014Weinstein Company