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 Mon, Feb. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sanctum$808,230-46%2,787--$290$10,256,1601Universal
2The Roommate$706,982-58%2,534--$279$15,709,6171Sony / Screen Gems
3No Strings Attached$653,440-42%3,05028$214$52,046,1453Paramount
4The King's Speech$627,840-55%2,58427$243$84,155,38411Weinstein Company
5The Mechanic$557,989-38%2,7041$206$20,563,5082CBS Films
6The Rite$503,003-45%2,9850$169$24,204,5372Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Green Hornet$408,778-59%3,033-491$135$87,497,4004Sony / Columbia
8True Grit (2010)$393,387-37%2,902-218$136$155,295,9287Paramount
9Black Swan$304,938-50%1,977-338$154$96,166,64610Fox Searchlight
10The Dilemma$241,775-42%2,545-360$95$45,815,8004Universal
11The Fighter$238,110-38%1,662-252$143$82,638,8489Paramount
12Yogi Bear$125,499-78%1,807-326$69$95,492,8288Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$110,405-58%1,040-465$106$168,868,6438Disney
14Tangled$103,934-77%1,369-220$76$192,177,23711Disney
15Little Fockers$88,075-54%1,355-696$65$146,630,3607Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$136,777-38%899-17$152$15,815,97214Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$79,138-49%45035$176$7,347,9846Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$61,050-60%179117$341$1,484,0406Roadside Attractions
4From Prada to Nada$51,789-74%2615$198$2,149,2122Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Company Men$48,931-50%23120$212$2,347,8223Weinstein Company
6Country Strong$47,598-50%948-339$50$19,864,7807Sony / Screen Gems
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$32,641-71%514-218$64$102,596,4559Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$30,607-61%365-100$84$292,791,82112Warner Bros.
9Season of the Witch$26,903-55%492-618$55$24,268,9585Relativity Media
10Megamind$26,118-67%290-10$90$147,485,65914Paramount / DreamWorks
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$24,027-76%495-158$49$41,631,4797Fox
12The Social Network$19,664-52%294-73$67$96,418,23419Sony / Columbia
13The Way Back$14,210-46%145-450$98$2,548,7333Newmarket Films
14Rabbit Hole$14,063-52%1317$107$1,737,7638Lionsgate
15Unstoppable (2010)$10,726-42%202-48$53$81,211,92313Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$6,937-25%149109$47$9,481,08214Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$16,180-43%485$337$21,238,91947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$6,371-52%46-14$139$1,610,4577Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,407-43%358$126$6,360,91035Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$3,444-49%87-27$40$23,229,35511CBS Films
5Love and Other Drugs$3,028-27%46-71$66$32,332,96211Fox
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,251-31%39-9$58$1,919,57810Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,788-27%56-63$32$1,098,0764Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,121-35%3--$374$10,0381Freestyle