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, Apr. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$5,756,975-42%3,84215$1,498$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,510,841-39%2,288--$2,409$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$3,426,266-47%2,817--$1,216$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$2,730,080-41%3,6168$755$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$1,520,136-45%3,3149$459$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6Hanna$1,358,856-35%2,384-161$570$31,740,1623Focus
7Source Code$1,191,169-43%2,363-194$504$44,692,5914Summit
8Soul Surfer$1,054,891-48%2,24026$471$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$1,031,011-50%2,130-103$484$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10African Cats$971,290-43%1,220--$796$6,003,2001Disneynature
11Arthur (2011)$919,146-41%2,770-506$332$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$645,927-39%1,363-522$474$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$459,112-38%1,220-482$376$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$434,725-34%1,610-1162$270$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$507,327-47%849142$598$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$245,973-53%3884$634$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$165,430-49%31945$519$7,857,1767Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$163,922-31%2081$788$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$148,003-58%928-921$159$50,290,5315Fox
6Rango$92,784-38%557-419$167$119,522,4718Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$87,473-30%101--$866$327,5231Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$72,383-33%244-311$297$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
9Paul$61,250-34%245-291$250$36,553,3956Universal
10The Adjustment Bureau$53,915-47%263-85$205$61,133,7708Universal
11Battle: Los Angeles$51,843-34%220-334$236$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
12Just Go With It$46,199-41%265-61$174$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$45,160-39%30860$147$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
14The King's Speech$42,421-49%234-81$181$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
15Hall Pass$30,011-45%202-131$149$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$22,138-34%13727$162$27,598,4678CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$21,394-41%162-113$132$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,838-48%166131$83$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$44,2423%89-100$497$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Hubble 3D$31,002-42%320$969$24,208,97858Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,252-54%92-36$155$37,734,21410Fox
4True Grit (2010)$10,880-47%80-97$136$171,031,34718Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$10,145-30%23-16$441$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
6Thank You$9,123-9%20-51$456$451,9233UTV Communications
7Miral$5,722-32%20-6$286$345,3985Weinstein Company
8Cedar Rapids$5,492-50%36-11$153$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$3,608-36%21-11$172$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$1,350-65%15-5$90$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$1,103-48%20-29$55$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$671-36%24--$28$2,8151UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$582-38%6-7$97$233,3556Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$244-40%1-3$244$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$171-13%2-2$86$215,5768Anchor Bay Films