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, Mar. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$16,602,37573%3,917--$4,239$26,210,4661Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$9,087,64535%2,840--$3,200$15,818,5301Universal
3Beastly$4,015,45511%1,952--$2,057$7,628,8551CBS Films
4Hall Pass$3,778,54140%2,9500$1,281$24,461,6922Warner Bros. / New Line
5Gnomeo and Juliet$3,430,091126%2,984-53$1,149$81,729,2734Disney
6Unknown (2011)$2,991,81962%2,913-130$1,027$51,353,4703Warner Bros.
7Just Go With It$2,948,82752%2,920-624$1,010$86,584,3784Sony / Columbia
8The King's Speech$2,855,19875%2,240-145$1,275$121,799,61115Weinstein Company
9I Am Number Four$2,628,96263%2,903-253$906$44,977,3433Disney / DreamWorks
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,872,64351%2,254-556$831$67,664,8444Paramount
11Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,645,036103%1,642-1179$1,002$32,426,0883Fox
12Take Me Home Tonight$1,328,9236%2,003--$663$2,579,7591Relativity Media
13Drive Angry$968,86360%2,2900$423$8,453,4452Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$529,52588%575-93$921$91,730,63513Paramount
2True Grit (2010)$463,57680%725-497$639$168,426,20111Paramount
3Black Swan$453,22364%68164$666$104,835,42014Fox Searchlight
4Cedar Rapids$370,67877%23599$1,577$3,150,0304Fox Searchlight
5The Roommate$285,40556%606-1120$471$36,728,1465Sony / Screen Gems
6No Strings Attached$162,27639%425-941$382$69,568,2967Paramount
7Biutiful$123,86784%146-36$848$4,149,61710Roadside Attractions
8The Eagle$114,19952%327-1241$349$19,067,2514Focus
9Yogi Bear$105,09372%266-100$395$98,091,50812Warner Bros.
10The Green Hornet$103,13376%269-398$383$96,981,7198Sony / Columbia
11Little Fockers$82,87579%221-40$375$148,170,91511Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$72,715100%208-95$350$294,512,74416Warner Bros.
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$71,78197%185-63$388$103,951,98613Fox
14The Rite$69,48953%201-344$346$32,579,4096Warner Bros. / New Line
15127 Hours$53,35046%135-85$395$18,103,81718Fox Searchlight
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$46,545113%156-48$298$42,541,67011Fox
17The Company Men$42,07777%112-73$376$4,028,5857Weinstein Company
18The Tourist$40,49444%142-52$285$67,608,29013Sony / Columbia
19The Mechanic$30,24369%109-295$277$28,860,2416CBS Films
20Season of the Witch$25,39569%109-62$233$24,727,8339Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$51,85849%49-1$1,058$22,236,58851Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$41,50160%96-71$432$9,380,31710Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$12,08063%55-28$220$2,110,70812Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$11,66617%2--$5,833$21,5961Anchor Bay Films
5From Prada to Nada$6,18694%35-46$177$2,932,7006Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Winter's Bone$4,350110%13-122$335$6,517,24939Roadside Attractions
7Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$3,27840%10$3,278$20,5272Rialto
8Public Speaking$3,043151%10$3,043$21,2762Rialto
9I Love You Phillip Morris$2,42380%13-2$186$1,962,15914Roadside Attractions
10Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,37774%41$594$57,7664Phase 4 Films
117 Khoon Maaf$2,34842%15-53$157$267,3363UTV Communications
12Brotherhood (2010)$9519%1-1$95$19,3863Phase 4 Films