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, May. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$31,921,474-8%4,155--$7,683$66,782,0231Disney
2Bridesmaids$8,179,54528%2,93719$2,785$53,026,7602Universal
3Thor$6,492,84649%3,924-39$1,655$140,752,4233Paramount
4Fast Five$4,473,17042%3,622-171$1,235$183,212,8954Universal
5Rio (2011)$2,057,85285%2,593-336$794$130,168,4076Fox
6Priest (2011)$1,919,69333%2,8640$670$22,444,3792Sony / Screen Gems
7Jumping the Broom$1,689,20458%1,472-563$1,148$30,375,2243Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$1,387,33116%2,606-298$532$30,583,7843Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$904,55136%1,894-531$478$51,845,3455Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$452,85168%912-537$497$51,489,2755Lionsgate
2Soul Surfer$401,10245%984-484$408$40,359,2657Sony / TriStar
3Everything Must Go$219,37442%24527$895$1,473,9072Roadside Attractions
4Insidious$205,35728%501-261$410$52,324,6048FilmDistrict
5Source Code$181,27852%377-249$481$52,844,3088Summit
6Rango$174,18273%30286$577$121,091,65612Paramount
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$149,746101%642-634$233$9,052,0154Weinstein Company
8Limitless$140,31648%35759$393$77,963,02410Relativity Media
9Win Win$128,91484%202-46$638$9,273,86610Fox Searchlight
10Hanna$123,40948%279-146$442$39,069,7637Focus
11The Lincoln Lawyer$110,84462%258-87$430$56,434,37710Lionsgate
12HOP$109,74077%354-105$310$107,106,7008Universal
13The Conspirator$107,07161%269-101$398$10,839,8256Roadside Attractions
14Jane Eyre (2011)$86,11938%208-40$414$10,304,54611Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$81,38169%253-58$322$51,831,9899Fox
16The Beaver$75,03332%16863$447$523,6713Summit
17Arthur (2011)$53,99131%237-107$228$32,764,9367Warner Bros.
18The Adjustment Bureau$47,56032%116-48$410$62,427,78012Universal
19Battle: Los Angeles$43,55759%170-55$256$83,412,13711Sony / Columbia
20Scream 4$36,23329%205-221$177$37,690,7876Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,343-9%50-7$1,587$5,270,3457Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,157-17%340$858$25,010,56262Warner Bros. / IMAX
335 and Ticking$11,59517%6--$1,933$21,5391Image Entertainment
4Sucker Punch$11,25944%45-94$250$36,374,3849Warner Bros.
5Red Riding Hood$9,04671%50-50$181$37,645,24711Warner Bros.
6The King's Speech$8,45432%40-31$211$138,747,71626Weinstein Company
7Go For It!$5,93556%64-154$93$167,9812Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$5,18362%12-1$432$1,149,45411Anchor Bay Films
9Skateland$2,67210%119$243$12,8742Freestyle Releasing
10Dum Maaro Dum$1,88232%11-9$171$558,0565Fox Searchlight
11Biutiful$1,37535%7-4$196$5,092,77321Roadside Attractions
12Meet Monica Velour$1,062161%21$531$30,6557Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$1,04023%50$208$242,07410Roadside Attractions