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 Fri, Jan. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$7,289,609--3,018--$2,415$7,289,6091Paramount
2The Green Hornet$5,028,948214%3,5840$1,403$50,370,1912Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$3,001,860214%2,9433$1,020$26,739,1952Universal
4The King's Speech$2,155,346150%1,680137$1,283$51,614,3179Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$2,113,496190%3,4645$610$132,746,9235Paramount
6Black Swan$1,766,812135%2,40779$734$79,147,4438Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$1,236,285231%2,979-415$415$138,027,9005Universal
8The Fighter$1,226,707161%2,275-139$539$69,742,9437Paramount
9TRON: Legacy$931,063174%2,018-421$461$160,490,5536Disney
10Yogi Bear$742,115295%2,510-192$296$85,572,3186Warner Bros.
11Tangled$650,276246%1,860-188$350$183,924,7759Disney
12Season of the Witch$638,503111%2,307-520$277$20,530,5353Relativity Media
13Country Strong$630,093157%1,44117$437$15,392,4575Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$312,508138%1,135-569$275$99,578,9387Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$263,829229%1,100-566$240$39,126,4305Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$389,538--678--$575$389,5381Newmarket Films
2The Tourist$274,29391%875-545$313$65,287,2107Sony / Columbia
3Blue Valentine (2010)$255,59196%24212$1,056$3,837,7984Weinstein Company
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$231,627148%725-216$319$290,674,12410Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$170,578--106--$1,609$213,7151Weinstein Company
6Megamind$133,875293%320-21$418$145,903,55412Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$128,472205%38563$334$95,092,85917Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$73,749143%293-129$252$744,8772Freestyle
9Due Date$73,402150%275-66$267$100,284,08612Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$66,976250%278-25$241$80,571,35811Fox
11Burlesque$61,948--2961$209$38,876,7529Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$47,64193%1011$472$1,138,0916Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$39,92733%261-354$153$30,138,0766Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$31,527157%153-53$206$90,166,44415Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$30,72381%146-20$210$32,087,6909Fox
16Faster (2010)$15,554287%10629$147$23,035,7239CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$125,220--78--$1,605$125,2201UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$52,588138%8330$634$1,156,0835Focus
3Hubble 3D$33,15830%491$677$20,752,94245Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$33,11979%69-7$480$11,211,36712Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$22,07395%75-20$294$1,744,8178Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$14,975125%86-46$174$53,324,38816Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$11,483133%72-7$159$9,353,09312Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$7,38770%28-17$264$407,4113UTV Communications
9Biutiful$2,947--4--$737$83,7164Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$2,252-4%29-48$78$5,651,0708Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$1,39680%6-3$233$58,4345GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$1,10356%6-1$184$6,268,17333Roadside Attractions