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 Wed, Dec. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,712,225-1%3,55418$2,170$68,990,9051Universal
2True Grit (2010)$6,276,6452%3,08336$2,036$55,617,8661Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$6,111,457-4%3,4510$1,771$106,167,0482Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,580,9191%3,5150$1,303$48,667,8072Warner Bros.
5Tangled$3,718,7173%2,5820$1,440$154,278,5475Disney
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,377,655-9%2,954-578$1,143$73,166,2973Fox
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$3,123,2707%2,993--$1,044$15,053,7941Fox
8Black Swan$2,587,3274%1,50044$1,725$36,220,0934Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$2,431,0129%2,5118$968$33,753,2783Paramount
10The Tourist$1,747,050-1%2,7560$634$46,173,2263Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,487,6987%1,732-108$859$277,314,3016Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,356,133-1%2,4830$546$19,092,6682Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$1,739,94711%700613$2,486$13,347,0435Weinstein Company
2Megamind$234,1443%764-261$306$143,330,0808Paramount / DreamWorks
3Burlesque$137,5431%330-171$417$37,145,2895Sony / Screen Gems
4Due Date$113,650-7%404-20$281$98,685,0618Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$109,0476%393-185$277$78,820,2867Fox
6The Social Network$108,15615%249-9$434$92,641,22813Sony / Columbia
7Red (2010)$77,791-3%330-109$236$89,125,49611Summit
8127 Hours$69,319-2%115-55$603$10,074,9668Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$63,5950%193-40$330$250,966,22025Universal
10Life As We Know It$56,4820%2480$228$52,622,66912Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$49,311-1%144-100$342$31,007,8155Fox
12Tees Maar Khan$36,654-45%1080$339$892,3751UTV Communications
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$30,430-6%158-22$193$55,431,52814Warner Bros.
14Fair Game (2010)$29,793-11%161-107$185$8,990,3508Summit
15Jackass 3D$20,363-1%1370$149$117,023,26211Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$16,5707%145-29$114$84,586,05210Paramount
17Faster (2010)$13,936-13%123-44$113$22,772,6055CBS Films
18Morning Glory (2010)$12,268-4%126-137$97$30,700,1387Paramount
19The Next Three Days$10,3686%111-250$93$21,081,6056Lionsgate
20Hereafter$8,9448%128-25$70$32,666,49511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$105,8388%470$2,252$19,921,05841Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$47,887--4--$11,972$47,8870Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$42,5077%6919$616$884,8644Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$32,3782%3429$952$259,5282Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$31,7508%8--$3,969$261,7521Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$28,9114%120$2,409$25,217,31098Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Biutiful$9,629--2--$4,815$9,6290Roadside Attractions
8Country Strong$9,2566%20$4,628$69,9871Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$6,5478%62-25$106$92,142,46615Warner Bros.
10The Tempest$5,913-38%12-1$493$212,5953Disney
11For Colored Girls$3,674-3%39-40$94$37,661,8538Lionsgate
12Inception$3,582-2%28-12$128$292,548,31624Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,335--2--$1,168$4,5331GKIDS
14The Warrior's Way$1,4836%340$44$5,554,2604Relativity Media
15Winter's Bone$62280%51$124$6,242,91229Roadside Attractions