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 Tue, Jan. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$2,200,242-66%3,584--$614$42,212,7851Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$1,205,555-55%2,940--$410$21,726,5851Universal
3The King's Speech$935,192-55%1,543785$606$47,730,2178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$863,100-52%2,328744$371$75,883,2207Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$838,242-61%3,459335$242$129,177,5964Paramount
6The Fighter$544,080-58%2,414-114$225$67,570,8416Paramount
7Little Fockers$441,220-67%3,394-281$130$136,062,7404Universal
8TRON: Legacy$407,072-74%2,439-574$167$158,904,6225Disney
9Season of the Witch$368,901-54%2,82711$130$19,282,6832Relativity Media
10Country Strong$283,657-59%1,4240$199$14,270,0404Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$271,484-87%2,702-586$100$84,468,9005Warner Bros.
12Tangled$244,075-85%2,048-335$119$182,910,7708Disney
13The Tourist$163,393-46%1,420-1022$115$64,726,0486Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$153,718-81%1,704-1110$90$99,017,6406Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$120,006-87%1,666-1298$72$38,710,7294Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$152,062-52%230190$661$3,312,1953Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$104,116-70%941-566$111$290,257,4619Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$49,483-61%322-281$154$94,878,00116Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$44,029-82%341-34$129$145,704,76911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Due Date$30,402-49%34197$89$100,154,28911Warner Bros.
6How Do You Know$29,931-57%615-1287$49$30,040,2635Sony / Columbia
7Rabbit Hole$27,747-48%10066$277$1,039,7145Lionsgate
8The Heart Specialist$24,502-77%422--$58$606,0181Freestyle
9Unstoppable (2010)$21,934-58%303-95$72$80,466,22310Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$20,804-28%166-46$125$32,019,9588Fox
11Red (2010)$13,176-60%206-55$64$90,111,53114Summit
12Morning Glory (2010)$6,534-42%127-51$51$31,000,07810Paramount
13Life As We Know It$6,278-63%132-56$48$53,296,60515Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$4,110-83%137-41$30$251,505,75528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,746-61%11190$25$37,724,69511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$26,230-48%5336$495$1,059,5204Focus
2Hubble 3D$22,309-51%48--$465$20,675,80444Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$18,853-43%76-12$248$11,142,97211Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$12,864-52%95-5$135$1,700,2847Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,399-58%45-3$120$390,5392UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,750-28%79-24$60$9,332,18611Summit
7Faster (2010)$4,198-43%77-2$55$23,012,7978CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,554-47%7745$33$5,644,0077Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$2,197-3%22-48$100$117,226,46814Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,120-48%40-50$28$84,751,00413Paramount
11Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$737-86%41-54$18$55,674,07017Warner Bros.
12Summer Wars$625-44%9-5$69$55,3804GKIDS
13Winter's Bone$544-73%60$91$6,265,78132Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$41-29%4-34$10$1,076,3654UTV Communications