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 Mon, Dec. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,638,099-73%3,555--$461$25,643,1681Fox
2The Tourist$1,362,842-64%2,756--$495$17,835,3001Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$872,078-79%3,565-38$245$116,267,6383Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$721,128-69%3,577-548$202$258,393,8494Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$345,523-57%2,876-161$120$32,886,3033Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$316,829-56%2,240-218$141$27,946,7653Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$302,327-63%2,967-185$102$74,530,2355Fox
8Due Date$272,434-56%1,990-460$137$95,192,0846Warner Bros.
9Megamind$178,095-77%2,425-748$73$140,397,0576Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$171,605-62%2,106-364$81$21,508,5663CBS Films
11The Warrior's Way$117,079-59%1,6220$72$5,069,4262Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$103,524-57%1,426-810$73$20,404,5034Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$56,846-51%1,004-1259$57$30,257,6775Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$116,473-58%416-17$280$8,367,3296Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$51,443-62%4360$118$8,258,7406Summit
3Red (2010)$43,473-58%564-215$77$87,940,1989Summit
4The Social Network$30,914-58%227-33$136$91,427,33411Sony / Columbia
5The Town$15,850-53%255-63$62$91,962,86613Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$15,285-73%255-25$60$250,267,57023Universal
7Skyline$15,235-63%277-301$55$21,268,4155Universal / Rogue
8For Colored Girls$14,290-57%243-242$59$37,547,7116Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,324-72%288-34$46$55,046,03012Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,773-50%125-75$46$84,339,8328Paramount
11Life As We Know It$5,599-60%120-88$47$52,215,48310Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,566-52%108-72$52$116,837,8389Paramount
13Inception$5,219-55%108-9$48$292,467,45222Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$425,076-58%9072$4,723$6,009,6182Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$64,477-65%1913$3,394$1,588,6003Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$30,276-62%4--$7,569$330,2861Paramount
4Hubble 3D$20,695-14%570$363$19,172,73539Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$16,923-64%3528$484$321,3092Roadside Attractions
6Waiting for 'Superman'$7,686-3%55-30$140$6,379,56612Paramount Vantage
7The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$7,006-73%150$467$340,3106Warner Bros.
8The Tempest$4,823-58%5--$965$47,2591Disney
9Under the Sea 3D$4,556-22%11-2$414$25,039,49596Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Conviction$4,263-48%75-32$57$6,738,3129Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,196-63%87-27$37$32,493,9039Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,863-50%14--$133$14,2671Roadside Attractions
13The Nutcracker in 3D$1,176-71%37-78$32$191,7383Freestyle Releasing
14Stone$958-60%19-3$50$1,778,23310Relativity / Overture
15Wild Target$790-63%10-3$79$117,9807Freestyle
16Jack Goes Boating$711-49%4233$17$539,51913Relativity / Overture
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$493-73%1--$493$8,2611Freestyle Releasing
18Winter's Bone$39723%31$132$6,232,82427Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$102-63%10-5$10$62,0695Roadside Attractions