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 Sun, Jul. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$17,414,942-21%3,715--$4,688$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$14,604,565-20%4,3750$3,338$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$5,201,993-21%2,926--$1,778$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,632,313-25%3,375-542$1,076$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$3,422,093-28%3,104-30$1,102$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$2,393,124-31%3,215-267$744$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$1,660,706-28%2,668-581$622$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$1,558,024-22%2,4050$648$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$696,543-34%2,034-625$342$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$263,925-39%1,035-1252$255$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$357,000-36%680-192$525$163,832,87011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$254,407-32%591-411$430$63,500,8206Fox
3Super 8$205,270-35%658-801$312$124,235,1027Paramount
4The Tree of Life$168,665-27%230-5$733$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$138,872-24%360-809$386$21,772,5884Fox
6Beginners$123,744-35%157-13$788$4,607,4188Focus
7Thor$106,412-22%236-36$451$180,136,18812Paramount
8Green Lantern$101,108-37%421-552$240$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
9X-Men: First Class$100,774-27%295-175$342$144,210,3648Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$93,614-26%250-104$374$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rio (2011)$90,369-24%210-31$430$142,579,55115Fox
12The Hangover Part II$75,694-40%275-180$275$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
13A Better Life$70,174-23%182-34$386$1,413,9605Summit
14Fast Five$53,940-21%174-38$310$209,445,77513Universal
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$36,709-28%190-24$193$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$71,580-28%480$1,491$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,922-26%6137$999$411,1332Fox Searchlight
3Singham$46,931-31%50--$939$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
4Sarah's Key$38,386-18%5--$7,677$115,7081Weinstein Company
5Hubble 3D$34,967-29%270$1,295$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Another Earth$24,527-20%4--$6,132$77,7401Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$17,270-36%91-29$190$58,594,03414Fox
8Project Nim$15,241-26%19-3$802$171,2273Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$13,266-31%24--$553$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
10Insidious$11,483-21%59-7$195$53,899,87217FilmDistrict
11Delhi Belly$9,924-34%25-42$397$1,501,7654UTV Communications
12Something Borrowed$8,096-26%47-27$172$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
13Submarine$6,799-29%184$378$426,9048Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047304%2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
15The Conspirator$1,852-18%100$185$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
16Everything Must Go$1,715-24%9-3$191$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
17The Last Mountain$1,162-19%3-2$387$105,2828Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$3988%3-2$133$93,03210Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$118-48%2--$59$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures