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 Sun, Aug. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,251,768-28%2,77888$1,531$96,833,4233Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$2,938,504-22%2,614--$1,124$10,408,1761Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,571,386-30%3,346-125$768$148,674,0184Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$2,027,616-22%2,555--$794$7,011,6311Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,908,419-37%2,760--$691$8,525,7281FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,776,220-32%3,30510$537$21,990,2292Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$1,427,998-30%2,861-196$499$125,948,2345Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,019,377-16%3,0150$338$16,660,6692Lionsgate
9Fright Night (2011)$863,679-30%3,1140$277$14,281,7782Disney / DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$846,049-18%1,328-410$637$370,805,0627Warner Bros.
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$823,166-36%1,577-363$522$69,732,5025Warner Bros.
1230 Minutes or Less$815,976-21%2,071-817$394$31,789,4383Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$693,755-32%1,559-654$445$93,523,9505Universal
14Final Destination 5$688,629-34%2,085-1070$330$37,914,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
15One Day$683,696-31%1,7254$396$9,789,5232Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$664,105-31%1,424-564$466$168,770,3066Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$320,920-35%904-729$355$34,495,5754Universal
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,624-34%51834$354$349,457,2089Paramount / DreamWorks
3Sarah's Key$179,485-32%27271$660$4,084,7496Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$176,210-32%465-290$379$113,815,1518Warner Bros. / New Line
5Super 8$87,540-33%242156$362$126,049,18712Paramount
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$75,306-36%239-35$315$67,029,42711Fox
7Green Lantern$68,991-32%222-20$311$115,976,49611Warner Bros.
8Kung Fu Panda 2$65,910-29%194-43$340$164,277,25614Paramount / DreamWorks
9Bridesmaids$61,050-35%222-22$275$168,048,76016Universal
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$54,695-26%223-1759$245$11,686,3613Fox
11Zookeeper$53,051-54%225-145$236$77,185,7328Sony / Columbia
12Friends With Benefits$50,685-44%214-199$237$55,216,7026Sony / Screen Gems
13X-Men: First Class$30,467-38%110-36$277$146,123,66713Fox
14The Hangover Part II$17,014-41%128-65$133$254,302,05614Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$54,566-16%490$1,114$12,125,33221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$32,518-4%78-5$417$1,178,0565Lionsgate
3Another Earth$29,451-25%947$313$1,104,0586Fox Searchlight
4The Tree of Life$26,042-16%971$268$12,852,42714Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$17,892-10%30-14$596$711,2515Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$16,142-67%75-25$215$98,264,69410Sony / Columbia
7Circumstance$11,843-16%7--$1,692$43,3181Roadside Attractions
8Monte Carlo$11,488-57%91-16$126$22,900,5359Fox
9The Future$10,16117%22-9$462$398,8295Roadside Attractions
10Beginners$9,580-23%50-19$192$5,707,60013Focus
11Rio (2011)$7,071-39%39-29$181$143,597,19920Fox
12Redemption Road$5,234-35%26--$201$19,1521Freestyle Releasing
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$4,7002%15-22$313$1,318,3437Fox Searchlight
14A Better Life$3,604-18%31-34$116$1,754,31910Summit
15Project Nim$2,627-6%164$164$347,1648Roadside Attractions
16Insidious$996-67%7-2$142$53,991,13722FilmDistrict
175 Days of War$54959%1-1$549$10,8342Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$4778%3-1$159$11,537,95820Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$227-45%3-1$76$2,709,02716Roadside Attractions