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 Tue, Jul. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,388,166-15%4,375--$3,517$202,620,6741Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,058,0048%3,917-190$781$308,775,8713Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,911,05111%3,13494$929$65,672,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$2,257,74522%3,4820$648$46,486,8452Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,405,20414%3,249-741$433$168,030,6684Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,218,4998%2,405--$507$10,202,1461Disney
7Bad Teacher$925,68118%2,659-303$348$90,169,1514Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$445,96530%2,287-689$195$32,508,5753Universal
9Monte Carlo$327,35022%1,169-1304$280$20,705,6643Fox
10Super 8$317,02513%1,459-833$217$122,884,4976Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$279,65215%1,002-964$279$61,995,3535Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$313,92020%872-230$360$161,905,05510Universal
2Green Lantern$202,34114%973-1042$208$113,169,6955Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$108,65933%354-296$307$160,265,1158Paramount / DreamWorks
4X-Men: First Class$108,61011%470-377$231$143,662,3377Fox
5The Tree of Life$103,57518%235-2$441$10,281,9688Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$95,73366%241-31$397$142,086,05214Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$93,48912%373-249$251$237,530,4099Disney
8Thor$80,00218%272-43$294$179,649,17211Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$75,64712%455-380$166$252,025,1428Warner Bros.
10Beginners$69,41223%17015$408$4,058,4777Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,03439%21443$206$14,445,2056Relativity Media
12A Better Life$43,97817%21663$204$1,120,7134Summit
13Fast Five$36,04017%212-29$170$209,209,41512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,31926%120-48$144$58,492,53813Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,94628%480$1,395$9,305,21015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$28,69512%27-1$1,063$26,835,07070Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,63316%24--$860$172,4921Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$11,25623%74-39$152$38,976,29711Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$11,05230%67-23$165$1,447,2363UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,73313%87-25$100$53,328,39813Lionsgate
7Insidious$8,462-1%66-15$128$53,846,01116FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$7,1471%2218$325$102,0332Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$6,97440%72-34$97$57,993,84518Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,30528%19-23$121$10,138,85312Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,50927%14-5$108$401,6877Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$7821%12-5$65$2,679,02210Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$45453%10-5$45$11,522,17214Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$270-34%51$54$90,7519Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$11075%40$28$255,58018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$13-38%4-3$3$6,1832UTV Communications