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 Mon, Aug. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,652,998-58%3,648--$1,824$61,459,1891Fox
2The Smurfs$2,889,166-57%3,3950$851$78,793,4122Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,804,337-57%3,175-970$568$344,890,3824Warner Bros.
4Cowboys & Aliens$1,745,610-63%3,7544$465$69,095,1302Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,672,605-59%3,620-95$462$144,876,5723Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,667,156-53%3,0200$552$43,769,4082Warner Bros.
7The Change-Up$1,631,280-57%2,913--$560$15,162,3951Universal
8Friends With Benefits$717,504-49%2,398-528$299$49,243,7913Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$638,407-53%2,025-485$315$105,763,8225Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$422,227-57%1,854-750$228$344,666,7136Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$300,179-52%1,724-694$174$73,913,7195Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$180,765-59%926-837$195$184,988,0957Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$119,691-62%716-916$167$24,560,3194Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$81,849-46%290-29$282$162,777,80611Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$78,540-51%374-110$210$166,577,60513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$63,386-43%327-85$194$65,490,3558Fox
6X-Men: First Class$54,211-41%236-18$230$145,346,56210Fox
7Bad Teacher$48,974-44%350-415$140$97,562,9417Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$43,779-49%303-43$144$253,632,94211Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$38,760-54%170-26$228$12,196,87911Fox Searchlight
10Super 8$24,234-50%174-151$139$125,341,0339Paramount
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$23,379-61%11623$202$1,038,8494Fox Searchlight
12Monte Carlo$21,312-36%141-27$151$22,537,4116Fox
13Beginners$20,135-66%126-21$160$5,364,71310Focus
14Larry Crowne$19,465-54%229-106$85$35,417,9506Universal
15Rio (2011)$18,637-57%139-35$134$143,341,91817Fox
16Thor$17,362-47%141-49$123$180,843,01314Paramount
17Green Lantern$15,675-49%108-27$145$114,586,0598Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$64,110-66%6734$957$1,344,0013Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,168-28%490$1,208$10,857,44018Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$25,498-61%3328$773$367,6492Lionsgate
4Another Earth$21,982-62%5535$400$474,7613Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,154-52%80$1,519$307,9852Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$10,865-63%1817$604$141,1362Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$8,170-55%86-39$95$209,813,17515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$6,625-25%88-73$75$14,965,7849Relativity Media
9A Better Life$5,269-58%74-34$71$1,669,6087Summit
10Project Nim$3,589-58%210$171$273,7125Roadside Attractions
11Gun Hill Road$3,568-68%3--$1,189$41,5311Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,601-53%26-15$62$53,968,17019FilmDistrict
13Submarine$494-46%10-9$49$459,72910Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$292-69%80$37$2,700,12313Roadside Attractions
15Delhi Belly$245-81%6-1$41$1,532,0026UTV Communications
16The Conspirator$33-66%2--$17$11,532,03017Roadside Attractions