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. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$15,036,169-14%3,451--$4,357$32,545,9501Disney
2Yogi Bear$7,087,04454%3,515--$2,016$11,689,1391Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,136,88944%3,5550$1,445$39,056,3152Fox
4The Fighter$4,891,66424%2,5032499$1,954$9,266,8102Paramount
5Tangled$3,786,75674%3,201-364$1,183$125,111,9874Disney
6The Tourist$3,498,12537%2,7560$1,269$28,142,6822Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$2,941,83714%2,483--$1,185$5,514,3831Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,080,47158%2,860-717$727$264,102,2835Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$817,79647%1,874-1093$436$76,916,0136Fox
10Burlesque$556,27634%1,510-1366$368$35,084,3124Sony / Screen Gems
11Due Date$524,30038%1,157-833$453$96,968,5467Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$445,52631%1,093-1147$408$29,873,6104Fox
13Megamind$304,448102%1,025-1400$297$141,405,7587Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,175,26926%959869$3,311$13,100,1983Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$224,60751%307-109$732$9,139,3347Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$181,61845%660-1446$275$22,373,6194CBS Films
4Red (2010)$144,83550%439-125$330$88,334,81810Summit
5The Social Network$127,04386%2281$557$91,754,38012Sony / Columbia
6Fair Game (2010)$103,25693%268-168$385$8,587,2247Summit
7The Next Three Days$82,17755%361-1065$228$20,898,1105Lionsgate
8Despicable Me$75,72586%233-25$325$250,438,81524Universal
9Morning Glory (2010)$49,96848%263-741$190$30,535,0096Paramount
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,49888%210-78$221$55,158,79313Warner Bros.
11Paranormal Activity 2$32,61948%17449$187$84,409,1239Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$31,31228%217-1405$144$5,475,5273Relativity Media
13Hereafter$29,31744%232145$126$32,555,41610Warner Bros.
14Easy A$28,60436%161-42$178$58,377,70214Sony / Screen Gems
15The Town$24,22050%144-111$168$92,057,63414Warner Bros.
16Skyline$22,75561%123-154$185$21,352,3606Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$456,96968%4324$10,627$2,569,4044Weinstein Company
2I Love You Phillip Morris$61,19468%4914$1,249$472,0913Roadside Attractions
3The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$44,07394%150$2,938$449,4097Warner Bros.
4Hubble 3D$40,99056%56-1$732$19,317,74540Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Rabbit Hole$21,45440%5--$4,291$36,7621Lionsgate
6For Colored Girls$16,48868%79-164$209$37,615,0397Lionsgate
7Life As We Know It$16,10735%75-45$215$52,263,55111Warner Bros.
8Under the Sea 3D$12,54745%110$1,141$25,077,36997Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Inception$10,29620%62-46$166$292,504,40423Warner Bros.
10Jackass 3D$6,40231%50-58$128$116,869,01710Paramount
11Stone$5,42033%6445$85$1,791,58811Relativity / Overture
12Waiting for 'Superman'$3,571101%33-22$108$6,407,52613Paramount Vantage
13Winter's Bone$1,53756%41$384$6,236,35428Roadside Attractions
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$59384%5-9$119$20,4642Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$38-3%2-8$19$62,4976Roadside Attractions