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 Fri, Jul. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$25,700,189--3,715--$6,918$25,700,1891Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,554,11530%4,3750$3,327$240,671,1842Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$6,801,594--2,926--$2,325$6,801,5941Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$3,703,21448%3,104-30$1,193$74,385,5983Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,579,71440%3,375-542$1,061$317,369,1644Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$2,860,92736%3,215-267$890$50,556,2583Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$1,702,17820%2,668-581$638$172,421,6165Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$1,593,85937%2,4050$663$14,026,1102Disney
9Bad Teacher$855,8817%2,034-625$421$92,610,6445Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$320,850-20%1,035-1252$310$33,628,7804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$414,78534%680-192$610$162,921,67011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$304,4231%591-411$515$62,870,1756Fox
3Super 8$237,144-22%658-801$360$123,712,2047Paramount
4The Tree of Life$154,86944%230-5$673$10,637,4469Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$153,765-50%360-809$427$21,450,3804Fox
6Green Lantern$120,869-36%421-552$287$113,659,4666Warner Bros.
7Beginners$110,09870%157-13$701$4,292,3118Focus
8X-Men: First Class$108,7277%295-175$369$143,971,0458Fox
9Thor$100,66535%236-36$427$179,893,85312Paramount
10Kung Fu Panda 2$98,187-2%250-104$393$160,556,7899Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Hangover Part II$96,70639%275-180$352$252,257,4239Warner Bros.
12Rio (2011)$94,316-2%210-31$449$142,369,65715Fox
13A Better Life$54,43435%182-34$299$1,253,0185Summit
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$48,52419%190-24$255$14,572,2527Relativity Media
15Fast Five$47,85041%174-38$275$209,323,97513Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$75,523-16%480$1,573$9,547,82116Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$57,610209%6137$944$268,4102Fox Searchlight
3Singham$46,206--50--$924$46,2061Reliance Big Pictures
4Hubble 3D$37,11313%270$1,375$26,935,78571Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sarah's Key$30,754--5--$6,151$30,7541Weinstein Company
6Another Earth$22,379--4--$5,595$22,3791Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$21,98525%91-29$242$58,549,89814Fox
8Project Nim$14,34030%19-3$755$135,4223Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$12,295--24--$512$12,2951Freestyle Releasing
10Insidious$11,96746%59-7$203$53,873,84917FilmDistrict
11Delhi Belly$10,9339%25-42$437$1,476,7514UTV Communications
12Something Borrowed$10,251-2%47-27$218$39,007,11512Warner Bros.
13Submarine$5,019128%184$279$410,5478Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$2,042119%9-3$227$2,682,80911Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,837106%100$184$11,525,55715Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,244--3-2$415$102,6788Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5003%2--$250$227,06645Collective Eye
1835 and Ticking$312-35%3-2$104$92,26610Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$126--2--$63$542,9785Reliance Big Pictures
20The Music Never Stopped$100--4--$25$255,68019Roadside Attractions