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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,569,66410%3,555--$442$30,363,5751Fox
2The Tourist$1,271,108-3%2,756--$461$22,091,2331Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$1,006,65316%3,565-38$282$119,142,9323Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$777,0037%3,577-548$217$260,701,2574Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$393,1373%2,876-161$137$34,111,9103Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$361,7110%2,240-218$161$29,089,2633Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$338,0306%2,967-185$114$75,542,6085Fox
8Due Date$291,2034%1,990-460$146$96,064,9226Warner Bros.
9Megamind$188,55510%2,425-748$78$140,950,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$178,4891%2,106-364$85$22,066,5483CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$113,8702%1,426-810$80$20,763,0504Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$108,790-6%1,6220$67$5,419,8172Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$62,6346%1,004-1259$62$30,451,3385Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$127,006-2%416-17$305$8,765,5276Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$54,2622%4360$124$8,430,4156Summit
3Red (2010)$51,2112%564-215$91$88,093,4219Summit
4The Social Network$47,93311%227-33$211$91,558,90111Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$19,1258%255-25$75$250,322,31523Universal
6The Town$18,6416%255-63$73$92,017,26613Warner Bros.
7Skyline$15,2951%277-301$55$21,315,4605Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,31217%288-34$50$55,087,50212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,7932%243-242$57$37,588,7236Lionsgate
10Life As We Know It$7,66525%120-88$64$52,235,47410Warner Bros.
11Inception$6,44014%108-9$60$292,485,54422Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$5,952-13%108-72$55$116,857,7369Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,878-4%125-75$39$84,354,4408Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$445,010-7%9072$4,945$7,408,2742Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,0852%1913$4,426$1,839,8283Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$31,791-6%4--$7,948$433,9351Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,506-4%570$447$19,250,55739Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$17,77941%150$1,185$382,5976Warner Bros.
6I Love You Phillip Morris$17,5410%3528$501$374,5112Roadside Attractions
7Waiting for 'Superman'$9,37496%55-30$170$6,402,17412Paramount Vantage
8Under the Sea 3D$6,39437%11-2$581$25,056,16896Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Tempest$6,21727%6--$1,036$63,3901Disney
10Conviction$5,142-23%75-32$69$6,756,0959Fox Searchlight
11Hereafter$3,723-9%87-27$43$32,505,7639Warner Bros.
12The Nutcracker in 3D$1,856144%37-78$50$195,4593Freestyle Releasing
13Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,665-15%14--$119$19,5481Roadside Attractions
14Stone$1,111-16%19-3$58$1,782,08710Relativity / Overture
15Frankie & Alice (2010)$99813%1--$998$10,6711Freestyle Releasing
16Wild Target$812-1%9-4$90$108,5897Freestyle
17Jack Goes Boating$743-1%4233$18$541,99213Relativity / Overture
18Winter's Bone$518118%31$173$6,233,82927Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$96-18%10-5$10$62,4205Roadside Attractions