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, Dec. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,716,36618%3,555--$2,733$17,971,5681Fox
2Tangled$6,690,02196%3,565-38$1,877$111,175,1123Disney
3The Tourist$6,635,49410%2,756--$2,408$12,668,5851Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$3,751,48756%3,577-548$1,049$255,337,2324Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$1,719,65946%2,967-185$580$73,418,2145Fox
6Burlesque$1,329,76328%2,876-161$462$31,743,9743Sony / Screen Gems
7Love and Other Drugs$1,249,85023%2,240-218$558$26,916,9573Fox
8Megamind$1,209,817117%2,425-748$499$139,458,5826Paramount / DreamWorks
9Due Date$1,108,01530%1,990-460$557$94,300,6766Warner Bros.
10Faster (2010)$748,82642%2,106-364$356$20,882,5113CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$457,00739%1,426-810$320$20,060,7264Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$398,96938%1,6220$246$4,665,0532Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$218,50130%1,004-1259$218$30,084,3375Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$415,56731%416-17$999$7,973,9966Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$263,56170%4360$604$8,070,5646Summit
3Red (2010)$192,99244%564-215$342$87,792,8109Summit
4The Social Network$135,26479%227-33$596$91,322,04711Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$91,800112%258-22$356$250,196,11523Universal
6For Colored Girls$73,20561%243-242$301$37,499,8456Lionsgate
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$72,77296%288-34$253$54,984,40912Warner Bros.
8Skyline$67,86563%277-301$245$21,211,7655Universal / Rogue
9The Town$58,16253%255-63$228$91,913,18713Warner Bros.
10Easy A$43,86441%203-26$216$58,247,73513Sony / Screen Gems
11Life As We Know It$24,01918%120-88$200$52,195,91010Warner Bros.
12Inception$21,67929%108-9$201$292,450,67022Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$18,97529%125-75$152$84,322,4538Paramount
14Jackass 3D$18,62126%108-72$172$116,820,5799Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,306,57932%9072$14,518$4,572,8972Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$249,20560%1913$13,116$1,337,2553Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$121,45123%4--$30,363$219,9721Paramount
4I Love You Phillip Morris$63,84452%3529$1,824$257,0042Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$57,55973%150$3,837$307,1286Warner Bros.
6Hubble 3D$34,825-9%570$611$19,128,10239Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tempest$16,0778%5--$3,215$30,9681Disney
8Conviction$15,84556%75-32$211$6,725,9249Fox Searchlight
9Hereafter$14,46772%87-27$166$32,482,1479Warner Bros.
10Under the Sea 3D$9,778-1%11-2$889$25,029,07996Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Waiting for 'Superman'$8,10677%55-30$147$6,363,91712Paramount Vantage
12Guzaarish$6,08497%22-36$277$1,013,0124UTV
13Hemingway's Garden of Eden$5,16647%14--$369$8,6821Roadside Attractions
14The Nutcracker in 3D$4,79871%37-78$130$186,5263Freestyle Releasing
15Stone$3,64846%19-3$192$1,774,86310Relativity / Overture
16Wild Target$2,829-1%10-3$283$115,0267Freestyle
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$2,363-34%1--$2,363$5,9541Freestyle Releasing
18Jack Goes Boating$2,04727%4233$49$537,42613Relativity / Overture
19Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,621197%2--$811$21,2732Argot Pictures
20Winter's Bone$1,36935%31$456$6,232,10527Roadside Attractions
21Cool It$48684%10-5$49$61,6885Roadside Attractions