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, Feb. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,557,897-21%3,01420$2,176$50,174,5422Disney
2Unknown (2011)$6,248,419-30%3,043--$2,053$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$5,616,494-26%3,154--$1,781$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$5,589,082-27%3,5480$1,575$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,503,623-36%2,821--$1,596$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,049,383-26%3,11813$1,299$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$2,202,637-22%2,086-177$1,056$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$1,150,561-23%2,2960$501$15,152,6832Focus
9The Roommate$1,049,227-36%2,160-374$486$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$909,803-29%1,966-790$463$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$776,419-28%1,465-607$530$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$537,015-24%1,377-1412$390$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$524,037-18%1,265-825$414$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$348,378-27%1,048-1159$332$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$550,356-21%759-290$725$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$448,213-21%656-413$683$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$327,291-21%952-934$344$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$299,360-25%10287$2,935$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$190,968-15%157-34$1,216$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$138,167-35%725-386$191$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$123,001-18%321-88$383$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
8127 Hours$111,613-15%240-119$465$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$111,205-18%235-158$473$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
10Megamind$94,509-21%214-38$442$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Company Men$92,473-31%242-35$382$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$89,644-28%264-29$340$103,373,05111Fox
13Little Fockers$84,075-25%285-139$295$147,635,6609Universal
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$60,563-27%235-73$258$42,174,2759Fox
15The Tourist$58,923-30%224124$263$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
16The Dilemma$48,675-38%293-949$166$48,221,7406Universal
17From Prada to Nada$37,5093%128-124$293$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Social Network$30,446-19%113-65$269$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
19Unstoppable (2010)$19,057-37%105-42$181$81,468,67015Fox
20Season of the Witch$9,861-34%132-44$75$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,931-15%502$1,219$21,746,35649Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$51,332-21%65--$790$164,1531UTV Communications
3Rabbit Hole$19,765-15%78-34$253$1,974,84210Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$12,153-10%29-3$419$1,723,5229Focus
5Winter's Bone$6,332-19%20-6$317$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,015-14%21$2,508$34,1942Phase 4 Films
7Immigration Tango$4,735-22%30--$158$14,4321Roadside Attractions
8Brotherhood (2010)$1,634-40%1--$1,634$7,8731Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,583-27%9-14$176$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions