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 Thu, Mar. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$1,765,7459%3,917--$451$45,603,2541Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,375,9808%2,840--$485$26,992,2601Universal
3Hall Pass$703,3861%2,9500$238$29,831,2692Warner Bros. / New Line
4The King's Speech$513,53123%2,240-145$229$125,437,12315Weinstein Company
5Unknown (2011)$513,23912%2,913-130$176$55,044,5063Warner Bros.
6Just Go With It$485,64614%2,920-624$166$89,981,5814Sony / Columbia
7Beastly$465,8809%1,952--$239$11,890,4011CBS Films
8I Am Number Four$430,71711%2,903-253$148$48,195,4093Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$366,29615%2,984-53$123$85,485,1104Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$258,315-4%2,003--$129$4,618,8531Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$206,5520%2,2900$90$10,003,7892Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$183,91115%2,254-556$82$69,576,8114Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$131,896-2%1,642-1179$80$33,856,4543Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$98,25412%68164$144$105,487,71314Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$84,85313%575-93$148$92,355,20513Paramount
3True Grit (2010)$76,40320%725-497$105$168,956,46211Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$70,5163%23599$300$3,676,2944Fox Searchlight
5No Strings Attached$39,6921%425-941$93$69,815,7747Paramount
6The Roommate$37,84412%606-1120$62$36,998,1615Sony / Screen Gems
7Biutiful$27,6369%145-36$191$4,337,48010Roadside Attractions
8The Eagle$25,9140%327-1241$79$19,244,6514Focus
9The Green Hornet$16,3472%269-398$61$97,103,4678Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$14,65623%208-95$70$294,614,75316Warner Bros.
11The Company Men$14,09730%112-73$126$4,102,6607Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$13,81024%135-85$102$18,186,19918Fox Searchlight
13Little Fockers$13,36511%221-40$60$148,270,43511Universal
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,26117%185-63$72$104,042,41013Fox
15Yogi Bear$12,14811%266-100$46$98,201,46312Warner Bros.
16The Rite$11,968-4%201-344$60$32,672,3066Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Mechanic$7,91528%109-295$73$28,908,8336CBS Films
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$7,25429%156-48$47$42,599,18311Fox
19Season of the Witch$6,24810%109-62$57$24,768,4509Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,11437%49-1$717$22,391,04351Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$13,42423%96-71$140$9,453,51910Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$4,0004%55-28$73$2,133,97812Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$1,965-11%2--$983$43,2081Anchor Bay Films
5From Prada to Nada$1,919-1%35-46$55$2,946,2756Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-14%13-2$99$1,970,04314Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$930-3%41$233$63,7114Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$577-29%13-122$44$6,522,86839Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$3054%15-53$20$270,2073UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$4721%1-1$47$19,7223Phase 4 Films