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 Tue, Aug. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,673,0920%3,648--$1,829$68,132,2811Fox
2The Smurfs$3,796,19531%3,3950$1,118$82,589,6072Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,011,23811%3,175-970$633$346,901,6204Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$1,989,85619%3,620-95$550$146,866,4283Paramount
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,978,17819%3,0200$655$45,747,5862Warner Bros.
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,970,85013%3,7544$525$71,065,9802Universal
7The Change-Up$1,879,19515%2,913--$645$17,041,5901Universal
8Friends With Benefits$862,60620%2,398-528$360$50,106,3973Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$747,43617%2,025-485$369$106,511,2585Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$485,57315%1,854-750$262$345,152,2866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$377,82026%1,724-694$219$74,291,5395Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$224,27824%926-837$242$185,212,3737Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$144,67321%716-916$202$24,704,9924Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$117,34943%290-29$405$162,895,15511Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$89,65014%374-110$240$166,667,25513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,53425%327-85$243$65,569,8898Fox
6X-Men: First Class$57,5266%236-18$244$145,404,08810Fox
7Bad Teacher$57,34817%350-415$164$97,620,2897Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$47,2568%303-43$156$253,680,19811Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$44,75915%170-26$263$12,241,63811Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$32,53139%11623$280$1,071,3804Fox Searchlight
11Super 8$26,85711%174-151$154$125,367,8909Paramount
12Rio (2011)$25,88439%139-35$186$143,367,80217Fox
13Monte Carlo$25,30319%141-27$179$22,562,7146Fox
14Beginners$23,93919%126-21$190$5,388,65210Focus
15Larry Crowne$23,00518%229-106$100$35,440,9556Universal
16Thor$21,32923%141-49$151$180,864,34214Paramount
17Green Lantern$19,24523%108-27$178$114,605,3048Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$81,86628%6734$1,222$1,425,8673Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$75,24327%490$1,536$10,932,68318Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$27,4037%3328$830$395,0522Lionsgate
4Another Earth$23,0115%5535$418$497,7723Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$13,85714%80$1,732$321,8422Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$11,7708%1817$654$152,9062Roadside Attractions
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,69831%88-73$99$14,974,4829Relativity Media
8Fast Five$8,5605%86-39$100$209,821,73515Universal
9A Better Life$4,776-9%74-34$65$1,674,3847Summit
10Project Nim$4,37622%210$208$278,0885Roadside Attractions
11Gun Hill Road$3,6683%3--$1,223$45,1991Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,539-4%26-15$59$53,969,70919FilmDistrict
13Submarine$1,050113%10-9$105$460,77910Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$50372%80$63$2,700,62613Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$279745%4--$70$11,532,30917Roadside Attractions
16Delhi Belly$222-9%6-1$37$1,532,2246UTV Communications
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$111--3--$37$233,94947Collective Eye