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, Apr. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$5,532,480176%3,61637$1,530$51,988,7852Universal
2Arthur (2011)$4,498,436--3,276--$1,373$4,498,4361Warner Bros.
3Hanna$4,163,040--2,535--$1,642$4,163,0401Focus
4Your Highness$3,766,125--2,769--$1,360$3,766,1251Universal
5Soul Surfer$3,642,639--2,214--$1,645$3,642,6391Sony / TriStar
6Insidious$3,273,934241%2,41911$1,353$20,630,5222FilmDistrict
7Source Code$2,764,782150%2,97110$931$22,333,4152Summit
8Limitless$1,732,345131%2,655-183$652$60,420,5754Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,338,860161%2,881-288$465$41,916,1203Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$1,267,752114%2,420-287$524$43,122,5624Lionsgate
11Sucker Punch$638,25234%1,755-1278$364$32,509,9063Warner Bros.
12Rango$608,50367%2,007-1127$303$115,839,3966Paramount
13Paul$525,33547%1,667-883$315$33,861,2854Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$449,80757%1,408-855$319$80,150,1845Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$328,369147%24767$1,329$4,316,1295Focus
2Win Win$309,479279%22677$1,369$2,594,1244Fox Searchlight
3The Adjustment Bureau$270,13554%783-742$345$59,501,8356Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$256,699--206--$1,246$256,6991Warner Bros. / IMAX
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$171,011--226--$757$171,0111Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Red Riding Hood$170,36919%777-1011$219$36,337,7395Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$156,09235%675-332$231$137,191,80220Weinstein Company
8Beastly$87,85530%339-482$259$27,144,7986CBS Films
9Unknown (2011)$87,412269%36540$239$62,908,9568Warner Bros.
10Just Go With It$85,99858%320-277$269$101,737,9779Sony / Columbia
11Hall Pass$84,89217%366-337$232$44,119,8827Warner Bros. / New Line
12True Grit (2010)$66,422112%263-61$253$170,617,73716Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$39,233110%184-66$213$37,385,7048Fox
14The Green Hornet$31,529--161-50$196$98,624,22313Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$29,97452%118-92$254$6,593,3979Fox Searchlight
16Black Swan$16,54713%103-59$161$106,847,80419Fox Searchlight
17Drive Angry$16,0031073%126104$127$10,612,5467Summit
18Take Me Home Tonight$11,344341%10250$111$6,872,5066Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$70,403--92--$765$70,4031UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$34,186-18%31-13$1,103$23,580,38956Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kill the Irishman$22,610120%52-4$435$777,3365Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$14,02797%2914$484$206,0853Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$12,00378%38-20$316$4,670,25315Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,00281%69-44$145$72,717,4709Paramount
7The Company Men$7,513163%32-13$235$4,342,79512Weinstein Company
8The Last Godfather$5,385-25%20-38$269$141,5652Roadside Attractions
9Meet Monica Velour$3,537--2--$1,769$3,5371Anchor Bay Films
10Blue Valentine (2010)$2,349-29%19-20$124$9,684,14815Weinstein Company
11The Music Never Stopped$1,928-57%14-14$138$213,0054Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$1,87317%9-3$208$201,1446Anchor Bay Films
13I Love You Phillip Morris$999158%7-5$143$2,031,89319Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$44--2-1$22$6,531,06544Roadside Attractions