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. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$18,728,940-10%4,1250$4,540$209,530,6192Warner Bros.
2Tangled$18,553,073-5%3,603--$5,149$58,041,1441Disney
3Megamind$4,855,800-8%3,411-368$1,424$127,753,2614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$4,778,5533%3,183-26$1,501$58,408,7343Fox
5Burlesque$4,658,5863%3,037--$1,534$14,548,7181Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$3,870,7911%2,455--$1,577$11,848,7601Fox
7Faster (2010)$3,460,8757%2,454--$1,410$10,174,9171CBS Films
8Due Date$2,945,3024%2,555-674$1,153$83,466,6604Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,944,8877%2,5640$759$13,469,0202Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$1,577,166-1%2,441-103$646$25,607,1393Paramount
11Skyline$469,6557%1,189-1694$395$19,983,9353Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$680,6444%293185$2,323$4,049,1464Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$650,45810%39610$1,643$5,638,2604Summit
3For Colored Girls$593,16911%605-611$980$36,328,5754Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$571,6051%914-1120$625$85,879,9467Summit
5The Social Network$294,2094%291-280$1,011$90,293,1069Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$250,112-9%501-509$499$57,425,7238Disney
7Despicable Me$148,9607%266-2$560$249,650,17021Universal
8The Town$133,06213%318153$418$91,366,02211Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$92,7675%279-822$332$84,066,7216Paramount
10Easy A$83,53916%251146$333$57,875,22211Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$75,202-1%183-504$411$116,532,8297Paramount
12Life As We Know It$68,09813%249-309$273$51,953,9658Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$66,16010%228-24$290$25,038,34011Lionsgate
14Saw 3D$57,14312%145-661$394$45,647,5045Lionsgate
15Inception$50,1244%144-54$348$292,256,47020Warner Bros.
16Hereafter$33,06517%202-201$164$32,441,5677Warner Bros.
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$29,82020%130-8$229$54,562,50510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$131,73911%4--$32,935$250,7911Weinstein Company
2Guzaarish$80,12435%96-12$835$841,8842UTV
3Hubble 3D$77,571-4%570$1,361$18,684,80637Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$32,56423%86-104$379$6,556,5577Fox Searchlight
5The Nutcracker in 3D$25,8057%45--$573$71,5451Freestyle Releasing
6Waiting for 'Superman'$22,627-4%69-49$328$6,238,55110Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$20,849-5%130$1,604$24,928,47794Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$20,18719%90-95$224$52,392,93910Fox
9Stone$6,94323%23-32$302$1,737,9718Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$6,49632%40-20$162$1,418,7158Weinstein Company
11Catfish$3,285-1%9-4$365$3,233,15811Universal / Rogue
12Wild Target$3,062-2%6-1$510$74,8115Freestyle
13Let Me In$2,89013%31-54$93$12,128,2109Relativity / Overture
14Jack Goes Boating$2,31080%9-9$257$527,45911Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$942-5%132$72$792,10115Weinstein Company
16Cool It$495224%1-41$495$57,6803Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$2365%2-2$118$6,226,17925Roadside Attractions