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 Sun, Jan. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$4,141,076-50%3,018--$1,372$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$3,985,247-54%3,5840$1,112$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,788,534-54%1,680137$1,065$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$1,633,365-63%2,9433$555$32,746,2252Universal
5True Grit (2010)$1,357,313-65%3,4645$392$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$1,344,704-51%2,40779$559$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Yogi Bear$1,095,230-45%2,510-192$436$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$886,879-52%2,018-421$439$163,206,6116Disney
9Tangled$867,848-45%1,860-188$467$186,356,4259Disney
10Little Fockers$849,555-62%2,979-415$285$141,111,7055Universal
11The Fighter$755,600-65%2,275-139$332$72,680,7407Paramount
12Season of the Witch$554,718-50%2,307-520$240$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$448,360-55%1,44117$311$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$361,772-47%1,135-569$319$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$306,713-48%1,100-566$279$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$254,625-56%678--$376$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$220,598-45%24212$912$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$218,422-51%725-216$301$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$171,306-61%875-545$196$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
5Megamind$150,477-48%320-21$470$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Company Men$138,433-59%106--$1,306$690,9341Weinstein Company
7The Social Network$87,382-62%38563$227$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8Burlesque$58,344-40%2961$197$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
9Due Date$53,091-52%275-66$193$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$47,331-58%278-25$170$80,731,35211Fox
11Rabbit Hole$46,545-44%1011$461$1,268,0416Lionsgate
12The Heart Specialist$40,912-70%293-129$140$922,6372Freestyle
13Love and Other Drugs$24,081-47%146-20$165$32,156,8209Fox
14How Do You Know$21,501-59%261-354$82$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
15Red (2010)$21,030-59%153-53$137$90,238,92215Summit
16Faster (2010)$17,543-38%10629$166$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$75,632-54%78--$970$365,2971UTV Communications
2Somewhere (2010)$53,095-46%8330$640$1,306,8965Focus
3Hubble 3D$31,252-43%491$638$20,839,15445Warner Bros. / IMAX
4127 Hours$28,440-50%69-7$412$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,823-49%75-20$251$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
6Life As We Know It$10,894-54%86-46$127$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
7Fair Game (2010)$7,567-53%72-7$105$9,376,70612Summit
8No One Killed Jessica$7,188-49%28-17$257$428,6913UTV Communications
9Biutiful$3,293-35%4--$823$92,0924Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$1,950-48%29-48$67$5,656,7878Relativity Media
11Summer Wars$1,875-37%6-3$313$63,2935GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$824-61%6-1$137$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions