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 Sat, Feb. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$8,868,80432%3,043--$2,914$15,607,9701Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$8,341,05096%3,01420$2,767$43,616,6452Disney
3Just Go With It$7,674,00147%3,5480$2,163$55,445,1082Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$7,616,04222%3,154--$2,415$13,833,3991Disney / DreamWorks
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,014,71547%2,821--$2,487$11,797,1801Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,467,57444%3,11813$1,754$44,131,2992Paramount
7The King's Speech$2,830,23089%2,086-177$1,357$101,038,86913Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$1,642,52535%2,160-374$760$31,454,0793Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$1,494,34349%2,2960$651$14,002,1222Focus
10No Strings Attached$1,272,65442%1,966-790$647$65,083,5175Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$1,077,47394%1,465-607$735$163,351,6059Paramount
12Sanctum$702,27076%1,377-1412$510$21,410,3853Universal
13The Green Hornet$642,82280%1,265-825$508$94,552,4286Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$478,66858%1,048-1159$457$31,044,1134Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$692,370113%759-290$912$87,428,44411Paramount
2Black Swan$565,56880%656-413$862$101,088,65012Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$416,56961%952-934$438$27,558,7324CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$396,95185%10287$3,892$1,012,5662Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$224,75485%157-34$1,432$2,846,4968Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$211,13683%725-386$291$97,145,05010Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$150,61576%321-88$469$293,778,79314Warner Bros.
8Blue Valentine (2010)$136,17264%235-158$579$8,718,4398Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$134,46387%242-35$556$3,433,7815Weinstein Company
10127 Hours$131,20571%240-119$547$17,300,59616Fox Searchlight
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$125,04175%264-29$474$103,283,40711Fox
12Megamind$119,342105%214-38$558$148,149,89616Paramount / DreamWorks
13Little Fockers$112,57061%285-139$395$147,551,5859Universal
14The Tourist$84,20342%224124$376$67,180,20511Sony / Columbia
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$82,54375%235-73$351$42,113,7129Fox
16The Dilemma$78,17557%293-949$267$48,173,0656Universal
17The Social Network$37,69986%113-65$334$96,729,57521Sony / Columbia
18From Prada to Nada$36,56292%128-124$286$2,772,9824Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Unstoppable (2010)$30,15160%105-42$287$81,449,61315Fox
20Season of the Witch$14,90275%132-44$113$24,519,6267Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$72,00067%502$1,440$21,685,42549Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$64,95336%65--$999$112,8211UTV Communications
3Rabbit Hole$23,27971%78-34$298$1,955,07710Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$13,49871%29-3$465$1,711,3699Focus
5Winter's Bone$7,864124%20-6$393$6,415,15837Roadside Attractions
6Immigration Tango$6,05366%30--$202$9,6971Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,85211%21$2,926$29,1792Phase 4 Films
8Brotherhood (2010)$2,712-23%1--$2,712$6,2391Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$2,17462%9-14$242$1,944,55412Roadside Attractions