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, Dec. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,891,483-2%4,1250$459$227,500,6412Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,427,5815%3,6030$396$74,961,9211Disney
3Burlesque$825,7450%3,0370$272$20,856,5951Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$728,485-1%2,45589$297$16,922,0771Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$546,8050%3,183-78$172$62,792,6703Fox
6Faster (2010)$483,574-7%2,4540$197$14,283,1301CBS Films
7Due Date$448,305-2%2,555-178$175$86,748,8524Warner Bros.
8Megamind$333,3092%3,4110$98$131,674,3104Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$302,682-3%2,5640$118$15,731,0092Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$231,819-1%2,4410$95$27,329,7233Paramount
11Skyline$70,9950%1,189-1694$60$20,519,0403Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$142,6812%29314$487$4,992,6244Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$84,530-10%3960$213$6,336,0844Summit
3Red (2010)$77,2568%9140$85$86,419,9727Summit
4For Colored Girls$54,8404%6050$91$36,807,6204Lionsgate
5The Social Network$35,4705%2910$122$90,565,6679Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$33,154-1%5010$66$57,689,5988Disney
7The Town$24,660-3%3180$78$91,532,60411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$15,9609%2660$60$249,787,06521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,5051%1830$79$116,622,4487Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$12,3852%2790$44$84,156,4596Paramount
11Life As We Know It$10,97719%249-52$44$52,019,4428Warner Bros.
12Saw 3D$10,78816%145-661$74$45,710,1785Lionsgate
13Inception$10,196-2%144-20$71$292,316,47420Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,2260%2280$32$25,107,26711Lionsgate
15Hereafter$7,15914%202-111$35$32,388,1177Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,871-4%1300$30$54,596,90310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$33,15513%4--$8,289$483,4581Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$29,140-4%570$511$18,834,39137Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$6,551-31%96-12$68$931,2622UTV
4Under the Sea 3D$5,894112%130$453$24,963,90794Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Conviction$5,4352%86-2$63$6,596,1327Fox Searchlight
6Waiting for 'Superman'$5,214-25%690$76$6,280,93510Paramount Vantage
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,712-4%90-34$41$52,415,96010Fox
8The Nutcracker in 3D$3,05220%450$68$98,7441Freestyle Releasing
9Nowhere Boy$1,96929%40-20$49$1,429,6628Weinstein Company
10Stone$1,80725%230$79$1,748,7738Relativity / Overture
11Catfish$94575%90$105$3,237,34311Universal / Rogue
12Jack Goes Boating$73740%90$82$531,46811Relativity / Overture
13Wild Target$727-5%6-1$121$79,8585Freestyle
14Let Me In$562-3%310$18$12,131,6859Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$3934%132$30$794,32015Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$75-26%2--$38$6,226,77325Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$74-52%1--$74$58,4083Roadside Attractions