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, Feb. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$6,739,166--3,043--$2,215$6,739,1661Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$6,217,357--3,154--$1,971$6,217,3571Disney / DreamWorks
3Just Go With It$5,215,143177%3,5480$1,470$47,771,1072Sony / Columbia
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,782,465--2,821--$1,695$4,782,4651Fox
5Gnomeo and Juliet$4,255,063319%3,01420$1,412$35,275,5952Disney
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,790,976295%3,11813$1,216$38,663,7252Paramount
7The King's Speech$1,496,663132%2,086-177$717$98,208,63913Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$1,217,990202%2,160-374$564$29,811,5543Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$1,000,58187%2,2960$436$12,507,7792Focus
10No Strings Attached$897,576106%1,966-790$457$63,810,8635Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$556,629103%1,465-607$380$162,274,1329Paramount
12Sanctum$399,3302%1,377-1412$290$20,708,1153Universal
13The Green Hornet$357,76352%1,265-825$283$93,909,6066Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$303,06028%1,048-1159$289$30,565,4454Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$324,576106%759-290$428$86,736,07411Paramount
2Black Swan$314,00769%656-413$479$100,523,08212Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$259,470-3%952-934$273$27,142,1634CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$214,137867%10287$2,099$615,6152Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$121,691123%157-34$775$2,621,7428Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$115,341153%725-386$159$96,933,91410Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$85,429103%321-88$266$293,628,17814Warner Bros.
8Blue Valentine (2010)$82,80040%235-158$352$8,582,2678Weinstein Company
9127 Hours$76,74138%240-119$320$17,169,39116Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$72,04868%242-35$298$3,299,3185Weinstein Company
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$71,433203%264-29$271$103,158,36611Fox
12Little Fockers$69,825229%285-139$245$147,439,0159Universal
13The Tourist$59,183--224124$264$67,096,00211Sony / Columbia
14Megamind$58,181182%214-38$272$148,030,55416Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Dilemma$49,810-27%293-949$170$48,094,8906Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$47,261224%235-73$201$42,031,1699Fox
17The Social Network$20,28768%113-65$180$96,691,87621Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$19,084-12%128-124$149$2,736,4204Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$18,897104%105-42$180$81,419,46215Fox
20Season of the Witch$8,530-33%132-44$65$24,504,7247Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
17 Khoon Maaf$47,868--65--$736$47,8681UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$43,17735%502$864$21,613,42549Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Rabbit Hole$13,63626%78-34$175$1,931,79810Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$7,91537%29-3$273$1,697,8719Focus
5Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,256379%21$2,628$23,3272Phase 4 Films
6Immigration Tango$3,644--30--$121$3,6441Roadside Attractions
7Brotherhood (2010)$3,527--1--$3,527$3,5271Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$3,51712%20-6$176$6,407,29437Roadside Attractions
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,34429%9-14$149$1,942,38012Roadside Attractions