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, Jan. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,940,218-10%3,0830$629$93,398,0602Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,634,840-19%3,5540$460$108,653,5302Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,383,504-21%3,365-86$411$136,784,3683Disney
4Black Swan$1,224,323-8%1,55353$788$51,852,1815Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$992,095-15%2,53423$392$49,841,9484Paramount
6The Tourist$598,164-19%2,7560$217$56,782,3194Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$564,125-29%2,948-6$191$89,372,7974Fox
8Yogi Bear$542,358-32%3,5150$154$68,314,3713Warner Bros.
9Tangled$513,820-28%2,5820$199$170,182,0896Disney
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$433,606-31%3,08996$140$29,445,9772Fox
11How Do You Know$423,799-19%2,4830$171$26,532,4763Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$361,183-19%1,7320$209$284,967,8967Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$835,609-3%7000$1,194$25,613,8656Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,857-13%3300$172$37,927,1316Sony / Screen Gems
3The Social Network$47,506-2%2490$191$93,377,96814Sony / Columbia
4Unstoppable (2010)$47,186-12%45057$105$79,631,0728Fox
5Due Date$40,916-3%4040$101$99,354,6769Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$38,952-10%103-12$378$10,567,3209Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$37,161-24%7640$49$144,365,2629Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$30,442-16%303-27$100$89,611,06412Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,076-17%17531$160$31,364,5686Fox
10Life As We Know It$22,086-11%2480$89$52,960,01813Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$12,805-24%1974$65$251,255,43026Universal
12Fair Game (2010)$10,908-17%109-52$100$9,156,7869Summit
13Jackass 3D$9,701-2%1370$71$117,141,89012Paramount
14Faster (2010)$7,212-22%119-4$61$22,882,0056CBS Films
15Morning Glory (2010)$7,004-4%1260$56$30,780,3008Paramount
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,512-4%1450$45$84,682,66111Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,984-28%1580$38$55,577,30715Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$3,6662%1280$29$32,723,93912Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$37,2060%40$9,302$404,7351Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$28,0290%470$596$20,241,74942Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,553-9%68-1$317$1,196,5375Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$19,603-11%340$577$499,6093Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$17,20010%80$2,150$484,6452Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$5,235-27%120$436$25,295,29099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Next Three Days$4,378-8%81-30$54$21,144,0957Lionsgate
8Country Strong$3,736-13%20$1,868$133,1682Sony / Screen Gems
9The Town$2,895-20%620$47$92,183,16516Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,80438%280$64$292,574,50125Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,70421%6-6$284$235,7134Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,279-8%384$34$5,574,0655Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$952-14%28-11$34$37,680,2179Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$767108%2-3$384$6,249,12530Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$302-81%20$151$19,0032GKIDS