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, Aug. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,838,54264%2,690156$2,170$57,160,7122Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,627,81984%3,471-220$1,333$122,092,1793Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,015,064--3,295--$1,219$4,015,0641Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,673,635--3,015--$1,218$3,673,6351Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$3,074,371--3,114--$987$3,074,3711Disney / DreamWorks
6Final Destination 5$2,446,51690%3,1550$775$27,069,7362Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Smurfs$2,229,50440%3,057-370$729$111,974,0094Sony / Columbia
830 Minutes or Less$1,998,58374%2,8880$692$21,460,4112Sony / Columbia
9One Day$1,848,478--1,721--$1,074$1,848,4781Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,476,78771%1,940-695$761$60,946,3924Warner Bros.
11Cowboys & Aliens$1,195,03544%2,213-1097$540$86,477,5604Universal
12Captain America: The First Avenger$1,187,77247%1,988-847$597$161,819,8865Paramount
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,186,34027%1,738-676$683$362,682,8296Warner Bros.
14The Change-Up$865,20521%1,633-1280$530$30,010,5453Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$587,68715%1,982-58$297$9,226,9722Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$388,99531%755-583$515$111,684,6417Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$192,728184%201100$959$2,495,5635Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$170,5729%484-402$352$348,104,3028Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$168,185-30%413-881$407$54,346,6605Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$131,5007%370-378$355$76,497,8047Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$97,51794%2420$403$115,363,27710Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$90,13864%274-20$329$66,414,80010Fox
8Bridesmaids$84,17564%244-41$345$167,464,89015Universal
9Kung Fu Panda 2$82,51361%237-15$348$163,740,89013Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$41,15248%146-37$282$145,849,28612Fox
11The Hangover Part II$39,34166%193-39$204$254,082,31713Warner Bros.
12Bad Teacher$37,26744%100-49$373$98,039,5039Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$21,77280%107-17$203$22,765,0088Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$59,500-1%490$1,214$11,627,27820Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Another Earth$38,63767%875$444$831,4335Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$37,65411%83-6$454$890,4824Lionsgate
4The Tree of Life$31,23815%96-22$325$12,605,32413Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$30,83888%86-22$359$125,620,61111Paramount
6Attack the Block$23,74857%444$540$544,6904Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$17,848104%3111$576$289,6584Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$14,6511%69-34$212$5,598,85912Focus
9Thor$9,43429%54-27$175$180,993,84216Paramount
10Rio (2011)$9,127-6%68-31$134$143,529,28419Fox
11A Better Life$6,912134%6514$106$1,716,2059Summit
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,271-72%37-67$142$1,268,4476Fox Searchlight
13Project Nim$2,992-26%12-6$249$325,6047Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$2,138--2--$1,069$2,1381Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,07181%9-4$119$53,981,27721FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$983693%41$246$2,704,30015Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$7281720%30$243$237,37549Collective Eye
18The Conspirator$510202%42$128$11,534,49819Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$396--1--$396$3,3896Cinema Purgatorio