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, Jul. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,326,86523%4,10719$4,462$247,145,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$10,392,3945%3,040--$3,419$20,274,6651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$7,518,2282%3,482--$2,159$14,883,2661Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$6,040,26224%3,990-125$1,514$144,517,6033Disney
5Bad Teacher$3,468,44614%2,962-87$1,171$76,257,7313Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$2,440,32024%2,9763$820$24,665,0502Universal
7Super 8$2,042,61132%2,292-796$891$116,820,0555Paramount
8Monte Carlo$1,348,652-9%2,4730$545$15,158,9282Fox
9Green Lantern$1,269,70530%2,015-1265$630$108,831,1964Warner Bros.
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,195,5566%1,996-865$599$57,218,5094Fox
11Bridesmaids$1,068,94025%1,102-287$970$157,436,7509Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$593,33833%847-755$701$141,656,9446Fox
2The Hangover Part II$493,04625%835-733$590$250,506,2207Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$440,85833%622-851$709$235,968,1408Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$346,22930%650-631$533$158,760,8707Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$328,25250%2379$1,385$8,768,5087Fox Searchlight
6Beginners$241,28762%15547$1,557$3,087,1756Focus
7Thor$224,22527%31545$712$178,567,77910Paramount
8Rio (2011)$158,01314%272-36$581$141,165,78613Fox
9A Better Life$130,99459%153142$856$442,6383Summit
10Fast Five$102,42531%241-61$425$208,701,95011Universal
11Soul Surfer$50,8349%160-45$318$43,651,76814Sony / TriStar
12Water for Elephants$50,43527%168-66$300$58,255,61612Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$39,45827%112-28$352$53,171,85312Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,0964%171-50$170$14,124,4515Relativity Media
15The Lincoln Lawyer$25,95237%106-32$245$57,889,69017Lionsgate
16Something Borrowed$25,82113%113-78$229$38,813,27110Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$162,32436%901$1,804$1,138,6972UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$80,130-14%481$1,669$8,637,53614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$44,9937%28-5$1,607$26,513,32069Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$30,45336%8111$376$53,696,67515FilmDistrict
5Source Code$11,63117%41-25$284$54,689,44415Summit
6Project Nim$10,54447%4--$2,636$17,7111Roadside Attractions
7Double Dhamaal$8,06888%20-21$403$523,8683Reliance Big Pictures
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$7,13429%42-26$170$10,101,05211Weinstein Company
9Submarine$6,96251%19-1$366$372,5516Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$4,33637%21-5$206$11,229,96118Focus
11Everything Must Go$3,15510%17-2$186$2,660,2109Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$2,138-2%150$143$11,509,11813Roadside Attractions
13Chillar Party$1,90656%7--$272$3,1251UTV Communications
1435 and Ticking$1,84233%42$461$83,8128Image Entertainment
15The Last Mountain$1,28130%3--$427$89,0986Dada Films
16The Music Never Stopped$1,07839%4-1$270$253,19017Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$996105%3-1$332$72,5036Anchor Bay Films