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 Sun, Dec. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,033,501-38%3,555--$1,697$24,005,0691Fox
2Tangled$4,220,448-37%3,565-38$1,184$115,395,5603Disney
3The Tourist$3,803,873-43%2,756--$1,380$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,335,489-38%3,577-548$653$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$809,694-53%2,967-185$273$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$796,806-40%2,876-161$277$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Megamind$760,380-37%2,425-748$314$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
8Love and Other Drugs$712,979-43%2,240-218$318$27,629,9363Fox
9Due Date$618,974-44%1,990-460$311$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
10Faster (2010)$454,450-39%2,106-364$216$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Warrior's Way$287,294-28%1,6220$177$4,952,3472Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$240,253-47%1,426-810$168$20,300,9794Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$116,494-47%1,004-1259$116$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$276,860-33%416-17$666$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$136,733-48%4360$314$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$103,915-46%564-215$184$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$74,373-45%227-33$328$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$56,170-39%258-22$218$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$48,297-34%288-34$168$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7Skyline$41,415-39%277-301$150$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
8The Town$33,829-42%255-63$133$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$33,576-54%243-242$138$37,533,4216Lionsgate
10Easy A$25,002-43%203-26$123$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
11Life As We Know It$13,974-42%120-88$116$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$11,693-37%108-72$108$116,832,2729Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$11,606-39%125-75$93$84,334,0598Paramount
14Inception$11,563-47%108-9$107$292,462,23322Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,011,645-23%9072$11,241$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$186,868-25%1913$9,835$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$80,038-34%4--$20,010$300,0101Paramount
4I Love You Phillip Morris$47,241-26%3529$1,350$304,2452Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$26,176-55%150$1,745$333,3046Warner Bros.
6Hubble 3D$23,938-31%570$420$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tempest$11,468-29%5--$2,294$42,4361Disney
8Hereafter$8,560-41%87-27$98$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
9Conviction$8,125-49%75-32$108$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
10Waiting for 'Superman'$7,963-2%55-30$145$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
11Under the Sea 3D$5,860-40%11-2$533$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Guzaarish$4,323-29%22-36$197$1,017,3354UTV
13The Nutcracker in 3D$4,036-16%37-78$109$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$3,722-28%14--$266$12,4041Roadside Attractions
15Stone$2,412-34%19-3$127$1,777,27510Relativity / Overture
16Wild Target$2,164-24%10-3$216$117,1907Freestyle
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$1,813-23%1--$1,813$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
18Jack Goes Boating$1,382-32%4233$33$538,80813Relativity / Overture
19Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$828-49%2--$414$22,1012Argot Pictures
20Winter's Bone$322-76%31$107$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
21Cool It$279-43%10-5$28$61,9675Roadside Attractions