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 Fri, Dec. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$5,146,398260%3,6030$1,428$80,108,3192Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,801,767154%4,1250$1,164$232,302,4083Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$1,994,591142%3,0370$657$22,851,1862Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$1,977,370171%2,4583$804$18,899,4472Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$1,883,340244%3,152-31$598$64,676,0104Fox
6Due Date$1,356,136203%2,450-105$554$88,104,9885Warner Bros.
7Faster (2010)$1,219,137152%2,47016$494$15,502,2672CBS Films
8Megamind$1,176,585253%3,173-238$371$132,850,8955Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Warrior's Way$1,119,875--1,622--$690$1,119,8751Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$809,306167%2,236-328$362$16,540,3153Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$553,482139%2,263-178$245$27,883,2054Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$501,848252%433140$1,159$5,494,4725Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$276,960228%43640$635$6,613,0445Summit
3Red (2010)$231,344199%779-135$297$86,651,3168Summit
4For Colored Girls$128,965135%485-120$266$36,936,5855Lionsgate
5Skyline$124,33075%578-611$215$20,643,3704Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$112,984219%260-31$435$90,678,65110Sony / Columbia
7The Town$61,338149%3180$193$91,593,94212Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$54,585242%28014$195$249,841,65022Universal
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$54,4491307%322192$169$54,651,35211Warner Bros.
10Easy A$45,248--229-22$198$58,035,12012Sony / Screen Gems
11Jackass 3D$35,623146%180-3$198$116,658,0718Paramount
12Life As We Know It$35,470223%208-41$171$52,054,9129Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$32,553163%200-79$163$84,189,0127Paramount
14Inception$21,154107%117-27$181$292,337,62821Warner Bros.
15Conviction$19,474258%10721$182$6,615,6068Fox Searchlight
16Hereafter$14,08097%114-88$124$32,402,1978Warner Bros.
17The Nutcracker in 3D$11,328271%11570$99$110,0722Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$415,822--18--$23,101$415,8221Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$85,406158%62$14,234$568,8642Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$39,13334%570$687$18,873,52438Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$30,623--6--$5,104$30,6231Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$16,214--15--$1,081$115,1675Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$15,335134%58-38$264$946,5973UTV
7Waiting for 'Superman'$13,984168%8516$165$6,294,91911Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$7,76932%130$598$24,971,67695Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,43373%59-31$109$52,422,39311Fox
10Nowhere Boy$4,424125%23-17$192$1,434,0869Weinstein Company
11Stone$4,068125%22-1$185$1,752,8419Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$3,446374%137$265$83,3046Freestyle
13Winter's Bone$1,7672256%20$884$6,228,54026Roadside Attractions
14The Tillman Story$1,180200%141$84$795,50016Weinstein Company
15Let Me In$1,128101%0-31--$12,132,81310Relativity / Overture
16Jack Goes Boating$522-29%90$58$531,99012Relativity / Overture
17Cool It$341361%1514$23$58,7494Roadside Attractions