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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$13,181,2501%3,750--$3,515$26,268,7351Universal
2The Smurfs$12,610,312-5%3,395--$3,714$25,871,1261Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$9,939,60426%3,7150$2,676$109,671,4532Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$8,457,01129%4,145-230$2,040$311,549,4733Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,073,8207%3,020--$2,342$13,658,1551Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,435,5718%2,9260$1,174$35,505,8812Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,821,27927%2,510-594$1,124$94,136,9054Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,466,78438%2,604-771$947$336,181,8655Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,702,41721%2,418-797$704$67,644,8274Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$919,50632%1,763-905$522$181,383,5976Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$669,03726%1,632-773$410$21,859,8553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$341,22527%484-196$705$165,207,82012Universal
2Bad Teacher$328,79122%765-1269$430$96,473,6616Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$254,84128%31969$799$161,473,22610Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$181,50511%412-179$441$64,503,0437Fox
5The Hangover Part II$156,62135%34671$453$252,900,89810Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$133,43543%196-34$681$11,579,36010Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$124,45137%325-333$383$124,885,2488Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$114,08432%254-41$449$144,636,5459Fox
9Larry Crowne$112,12531%335-700$335$35,042,6205Universal
10Beginners$101,59263%147-10$691$4,965,2499Focus
11Thor$79,50031%190-46$418$180,513,27713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$70,41228%174-36$405$142,962,63116Fox
13Green Lantern$67,99433%135-286$504$114,263,1147Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$54,37536%125-49$435$209,644,48514Universal
15Monte Carlo$51,0146%168-192$304$22,239,2655Fox
16A Better Life$31,05348%108-74$288$1,560,8256Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$26,21310%161-29$163$14,866,4848Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$155,49074%3328$4,712$414,9722Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,250-8%491$1,679$10,209,41917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$74,76743%9332$804$653,1733Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$50,1148%8--$6,264$96,3211Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$43,42041%2016$2,171$186,5092Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$33,3535%5--$6,671$65,1221Lionsgate
7Singham$25,03548%39-11$642$265,7482Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$13,50771%212$643$216,6614Roadside Attractions
9The Future$10,40010%1--$10,400$19,8651Roadside Attractions
10Water for Elephants$9,70013%41-50$237$58,657,39815Fox
11A Little Help$7,93352%240$331$76,5712Freestyle Releasing
12Insidious$7,90925%41-18$193$53,937,24418FilmDistrict
13Delhi Belly$4,70680%7-18$672$1,522,4745UTV Communications
14Submarine$3,350-4%191$176$445,6609Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$1,32378%8-1$165$2,692,94312Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$830435%20$415$232,67846Collective Eye
17The Last Mountain$42850%2-1$214$112,0069Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$370172%0----$2,5583Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$29129%2-2$146$256,47620Roadside Attractions
2035 and Ticking$212-3%2-1$106$94,51111Image Entertainment
21The Conspirator$21046%3-7$70$11,531,60716Roadside Attractions