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 Wed, Jul. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,267,217-20%4,375--$2,804$214,887,8911Warner Bros.
2Horrible Bosses$2,501,125-14%3,13494$798$68,173,1352Warner Bros. / New Line
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,463,508-19%3,917-190$629$311,239,3793Paramount / DreamWorks
4Zookeeper$1,915,246-15%3,4820$550$48,402,0912Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,269,528-10%3,249-741$391$169,300,1964Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,070,549-12%2,405--$445$11,272,6951Disney
7Bad Teacher$784,162-15%2,659-303$295$90,953,3134Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$399,995-10%2,287-689$175$32,908,5703Universal
9Super 8$285,853-10%1,459-833$196$123,170,3506Paramount
10Monte Carlo$280,718-14%1,169-1304$240$20,986,3823Fox
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$270,182-3%1,002-964$270$62,265,5355Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$291,875-7%872-230$335$162,196,93010Universal
2Green Lantern$179,481-11%973-1042$184$113,349,1765Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$98,222-10%470-377$209$143,760,5597Fox
4Kung Fu Panda 2$93,481-14%354-296$264$160,358,5968Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$93,328-10%235-2$397$10,375,2968Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$92,747-3%241-31$385$142,178,79914Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$84,171-10%373-249$226$237,614,5809Disney
8Thor$69,202-13%272-43$254$179,718,37411Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$65,813-13%455-380$145$252,090,9558Warner Bros.
10Beginners$59,119-15%17015$348$4,117,5967Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$37,679-14%21443$176$14,482,8846Relativity Media
12A Better Life$37,405-15%21663$173$1,158,1184Summit
13Fast Five$32,860-9%212-29$155$209,242,27512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,8283%120-48$149$58,510,36613Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,85515%480$1,601$9,382,06515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,7547%27-1$1,139$26,865,82470Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$19,634-5%24--$818$192,1261Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$10,131-10%74-39$137$38,986,42811Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$8,511-23%67-23$127$1,455,7473UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,265-5%87-25$95$53,336,66313Lionsgate
7Project Nim$7,97812%2218$363$110,0112Roadside Attractions
8Insidious$7,648-10%66-15$116$53,853,65916FilmDistrict
9The Lincoln Lawyer$7,3125%72-34$102$58,001,15718Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,68516%19-23$141$10,141,53812Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,6429%14-5$117$403,3297Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$8144%12-5$68$2,679,83610Roadside Attractions
1335 and Ticking$722167%51$144$91,4739Image Entertainment
14The Conspirator$65845%10-5$66$11,522,83014Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$54315%4-3$14$6,2372UTV Communications