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, Aug. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$8,099,47639%2,690156$3,011$65,260,1882Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,728,83445%3,471-220$1,939$128,821,0133Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,429,73410%3,295--$1,344$8,444,7981Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$3,562,080-3%3,015--$1,181$7,235,7151Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$3,167,56342%3,057-370$1,036$115,141,5724Sony / Columbia
6Final Destination 5$3,152,16529%3,1550$999$30,221,9012Warner Bros. / New Line
7Fright Night (2011)$2,972,974-3%3,114--$955$6,047,3451Disney / DreamWorks
830 Minutes or Less$2,443,03422%2,8880$846$23,903,4452Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,968,64533%1,940-695$1,015$62,915,0374Warner Bros.
10One Day$1,893,4642%1,721--$1,100$3,741,9421Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$1,792,53050%2,213-1097$810$88,270,0904Universal
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,777,48450%1,738-676$1,023$364,460,3136Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$1,726,84645%1,988-847$869$163,546,7325Paramount
14The Change-Up$1,175,76036%1,633-1280$720$31,186,3053Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$675,54915%1,982-58$341$9,902,5212Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$539,94939%755-583$715$112,224,5907Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$337,60175%201100$1,680$2,833,1645Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$256,29950%484-402$530$348,360,6018Paramount / DreamWorks
4Friends With Benefits$218,96430%413-881$530$54,565,6245Sony / Screen Gems
5Zookeeper$175,03433%370-378$473$76,672,8387Sony / Columbia
6Green Lantern$143,46447%2420$593$115,506,74110Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$128,71743%274-20$470$66,543,51710Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$121,22747%237-15$512$163,862,11713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$117,12039%244-41$480$167,582,01015Universal
10The Hangover Part II$55,91242%193-39$290$254,138,22913Warner Bros.
11X-Men: First Class$54,68333%146-37$375$145,903,96912Fox
12Bad Teacher$47,36827%100-49$474$98,086,8719Sony / Columbia
13Monte Carlo$29,93537%107-17$280$22,794,9438Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$72,64722%490$1,483$11,699,92520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$59,77859%83-6$720$950,2604Lionsgate
3Another Earth$59,18953%875$680$890,6225Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$50,42361%96-22$525$12,655,74713Fox Searchlight
5Super 8$42,44338%86-22$494$125,663,05411Paramount
6Attack the Block$32,17535%444$731$576,8654Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$24,40437%3111$787$314,0624Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$24,06264%69-34$349$5,622,92112Focus
9Rio (2011)$16,95986%68-31$249$143,546,24319Fox
10Thor$13,23140%54-27$245$181,007,07316Paramount
11A Better Life$9,31735%6514$143$1,725,5229Summit
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$7,85549%37-67$212$1,276,3026Fox Searchlight
13Project Nim$4,53952%12-6$378$330,1437Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$2,1923%2--$1,096$4,3301Anchor Bay Films
15Insidious$1,98385%9-4$220$53,983,26021FilmDistrict
16Everything Must Go$1,07910%41$270$2,705,37915Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$61621%42$154$11,535,11419Roadside Attractions
18Daylight (2011)$363-8%1--$363$3,7526Cinema Purgatorio
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$223-69%30$74$237,59849Collective Eye