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. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,122,066-1%4,1250$272$249,188,4053Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,091,7490%3,6030$303$101,063,8732Disney
3Burlesque$570,080-2%3,0370$188$29,374,1672Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$523,0833%2,4583$213$24,648,4272Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$441,0042%3,152-31$140$70,521,9424Fox
6Due Date$386,3075%2,450-105$158$92,338,5035Warner Bros.
7Faster (2010)$330,6181%2,47016$134$19,605,1212CBS Films
8Megamind$270,167-3%3,173-238$85$137,692,1385Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$238,9820%2,236-328$107$19,275,9463Lionsgate
10The Warrior's Way$201,185-4%1,622--$124$3,976,8061Relativity Media
11Morning Glory (2010)$176,7773%2,263-178$78$29,697,5824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$160,2681%433140$370$7,241,9985Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$87,5031%43640$201$7,651,6795Summit
3Red (2010)$75,7821%779-135$97$87,465,6788Summit
4Skyline$37,2907%578-611$65$21,102,2204Universal / Rogue
5The Social Network$36,9275%260-31$142$91,111,22710Sony / Columbia
6For Colored Girls$31,4130%485-120$65$37,381,2765Lionsgate
7The Town$20,097-3%3180$63$91,816,91312Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$15,1640%322192$47$54,874,48311Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$13,9300%28014$50$250,060,96522Universal
10Jackass 3D$12,151-10%180-3$68$116,787,1488Paramount
11Conviction$8,776-1%10721$82$6,699,9098Fox Searchlight
12Life As We Know It$7,8337%208-41$38$52,151,5789Warner Bros.
13Inception$7,5836%117-27$65$292,412,23721Warner Bros.
14Paranormal Activity 2$7,508-12%200-79$38$84,288,7497Paramount
15Hereafter$6,0518%114-88$53$32,459,2638Warner Bros.
16The Nutcracker in 3D$4,517-10%11570$39$178,9172Freestyle Releasing

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$201,933-5%18--$11,219$2,279,1741Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$37,97825%62$6,330$932,3052Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$33,84811%570$594$19,055,05638Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$9,96925%15--$665$216,2385Warner Bros.
5I Love You Phillip Morris$8,479-5%7--$1,211$151,1231Roadside Attractions
6Waiting for 'Superman'$7,170-16%8516$84$6,351,23211Paramount Vantage
7Under the Sea 3D$6,50085%130$500$25,009,45895Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Guzaarish$2,926-26%58-38$50$1,003,8473UTV
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,771-5%59-31$47$52,448,25011Fox
10Nowhere Boy$2,171-11%23-17$94$1,457,2479Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$1,595-8%137$123$109,3386Freestyle
12Stone$1,284-26%22-1$58$1,768,7179Relativity / Overture
13The Tillman Story$539-1%141$39$802,53516Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$371395%20$186$6,229,71926Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$2238%1514$15$60,9384Roadside Attractions
16Jack Goes Boating$197159%90$22$533,77112Relativity / Overture
17Let Me In$15534%11-20$14$12,134,93510Relativity / Overture