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, Jan. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,373,8325%3,12441$440$115,211,8953Paramount
2Black Swan$960,3734%1,58431$606$64,868,3586Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$845,2500%3,675121$230$127,086,0253Universal
4TRON: Legacy$762,7901%3,013-352$253$151,238,5964Disney
5The Fighter$723,5362%2,528-6$286$60,644,6645Paramount
6Season of the Witch$654,904-1%2,816--$233$13,497,7391Relativity Media
7Country Strong$542,1720%1,4241422$381$9,605,1343Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$368,2912%2,442-314$151$62,578,9465Sony / Columbia
9Yogi Bear$352,132-1%3,288-227$107$76,750,0724Warner Bros.
10Tangled$330,1792%2,383-199$139$177,028,0397Disney
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$318,1029%2,814-134$113$95,742,7365Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$276,221-5%2,964-125$93$35,528,4233Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$198,4008%1,507-225$132$288,404,2688Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$190,1422%1,902-581$100$29,540,6394Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$751,32811%75858$991$35,523,8597Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$69,0753%603354$115$94,342,09215Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$37,65714%398-52$95$80,148,8479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$32,315-4%21237$152$31,815,4337Fox
5I Love You Phillip Morris$24,3145%10032$243$1,528,0226Roadside Attractions
6Red (2010)$24,13221%261-42$92$89,925,32413Summit
7Due Date$23,1012%244-160$95$99,743,57010Warner Bros.
8Megamind$20,837-2%375-389$56$144,755,08510Paramount / DreamWorks
9Life As We Know It$14,61612%188-60$78$53,184,87414Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$13,28721%17852$75$30,927,7519Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$9,73317%103-6$94$9,275,75310Summit
12Despicable Me$8,88525%178-19$50$251,413,97527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$78,3610%4036$1,959$1,458,3832Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$29,83411%88-15$339$10,928,07110Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,63117%0-47--$20,468,92443Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Somewhere (2010)$17,0300%179$1,002$731,8173Focus
5Rabbit Hole$13,942-3%340$410$681,8154Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$8,956-30%48--$187$273,0881UTV Communications
7Jackass 3D$4,75914%70-67$68$117,208,64513Paramount
8Faster (2010)$4,6766%79-40$59$22,960,1457CBS Films
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,15415%95-63$44$55,654,63616Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$2,965-2%90-55$33$84,734,18512Paramount
11Summer Wars$2,86243%1412$204$46,4953GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$1,9189%32-6$60$5,612,8026Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,55721%33-95$47$32,746,94113Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$504-38%38--$13$1,075,9733UTV Communications
15For Colored Girls$50042%21-7$24$37,687,60210Lionsgate
16Winter's Bone$457-57%64$76$6,257,02631Roadside Attractions