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, Jun. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,540,018-43%4,011--$5,370$64,765,3470Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,207,012-6%4,115--$1,265$90,930,6151Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,938,181-1%3,049--$964$45,445,9711Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,300,779-3%3,3423$389$45,024,7222Fox
5Green Lantern$1,266,0314%3,514-302$360$95,688,2842Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,216,6052%3,42416$355$100,543,0273Paramount
7Bridesmaids$675,7508%1,590-983$425$149,374,3657Universal
8X-Men: First Class$558,1016%2,023-1352$276$135,711,7274Fox
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$535,92520%1,742-1000$308$231,547,8936Disney
10The Hangover Part II$474,19411%2,025-1435$234$245,851,8825Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 2$473,3045%2,527-942$187$155,194,6675Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$162,7236%215100$757$6,503,4365Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$99,2390%344-64$288$140,032,54811Fox
3Thor$75,40320%404-471$187$177,517,2808Paramount
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$52,258-6%891-1633$59$13,801,5093Relativity Media
5Fast Five$46,3054%343-386$135$207,971,4459Universal
6Water for Elephants$42,8247%292-59$147$57,854,95310Fox
7Something Borrowed$36,93031%23119$160$38,576,5538Warner Bros.
8Rango$23,86413%156-32$153$123,096,80717Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$18,1014%189-31$96$57,697,21315Lionsgate
10Source Code$11,73316%106-55$111$54,577,39813Summit
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,381-6%114-48$91$10,027,1819Weinstein Company
12The Art of Getting By$8,717-1%129-481$68$1,423,7722Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,91011%470$1,381$7,975,72612Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$50,618-7%7329$693$1,766,3684Focus
3Hubble 3D$28,1576%330$853$26,183,94667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Limitless$7,90234%85-32$93$79,203,16115Relativity Media
5Insidious$7,560-26%74-24$102$53,565,96813FilmDistrict
6Submarine$6,3724%26-2$245$314,7924Weinstein Company
7Hanna$6,02816%59-32$102$40,224,91712Focus
8Jane Eyre (2011)$5,711-5%51-17$112$11,196,17316Focus
9A Better Life$5,1252%4--$1,281$83,6701Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,8464%58-32$84$52,659,57814Fox
11The Beaver$3,2226%6643$49$970,8168Summit
12Win Win$2,46219%32-35$77$10,132,53815Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,142-13%46-25$47$52,898,64910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,007-15%33-22$61$2,640,2997Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,87824%0-44--$11,494,02711Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,23958%6-1$207$86,8304Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,16889%4--$292$215,70641Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,0032%18-21$56$38,180,92811Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$6213%4-4$155$66,4904Anchor Bay Films
2035 and Ticking$130117%10$130$75,8646Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$1307%20$65$1,188,19416Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$52-37%2-1$26$250,27515Roadside Attractions