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, Sep. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$11,933,56234%2,330--$5,122$20,853,4831Disney
2Contagion$6,441,95539%3,2220$1,999$40,800,0892Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,426,69310%2,886--$1,534$8,436,1381FilmDistrict
4The Help$2,837,95046%3,01479$942$145,705,1606Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,923,764-3%2,408--$799$3,903,3951Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,815,80116%2,476--$733$3,381,4821Weinstein Company
7The Debt$1,368,63257%1,831-45$747$25,860,6293Focus
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,216,70362%2,340-547$520$170,960,1227Fox
9Warrior (2011)$1,153,90327%1,88314$613$9,203,6992Lionsgate
10Colombiana$1,001,19739%1,933-421$518$32,770,0874Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$844,37756%2,082-766$406$16,895,6673Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$770,561175%1,650-894$467$35,567,9385Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$711,42642%1,145-165$621$80,384,2498Warner Bros.
14The Smurfs$589,070129%1,419-558$415$137,197,3128Sony / Columbia
15Our Idiot Brother$572,32940%1,747-649$328$23,358,2044Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$498,79541%1,334-917$374$22,512,0124FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$492,59644%1,795-1535$274$16,622,2563Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$154,98218%1,5000$103$2,222,3852Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$444,508-1%230132$1,933$3,300,2802CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$314,22874%601-209$523$377,974,74410Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$260,28769%540-264$482$174,152,2219Paramount
4Cowboys & Aliens$239,46060%614-306$390$98,689,0568Universal
5Seven Days in Utopia$228,57223%437-118$523$3,447,8003Visio Entertainment
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$208,04877%306129$680$351,188,67112Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$199,65442%444-59$450$116,399,17311Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$174,35783%3485$501$79,129,90211Sony / Columbia
9Bad Teacher$143,24845%474378$302$99,306,42813Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$120,21569%266-40$452$6,241,7339Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$102,84543%307-67$335$36,787,5207Universal
1230 Minutes or Less$98,57941%291-355$339$36,846,4986Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$89,97934%302-353$298$42,085,1636Warner Bros. / New Line
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$77,021112%213-39$362$67,845,43414Fox
15One Day$64,90236%254-238$256$13,727,4045Focus
16Kung Fu Panda 2$43,930113%142-22$309$165,095,30417Paramount / DreamWorks
17Super 8$39,80445%159-44$250$126,844,61215Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$37,34742%154-397$243$21,125,9795Lionsgate
19Bridesmaids$29,750-48%170-27$175$168,817,53519Universal
20Saving Private Perez$27,83320%116-49$240$1,293,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Green Lantern$24,71754%103-52$240$116,537,01414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,589121%490$971$12,803,74324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$29,23537%96-18$305$55,790,6439Sony / Screen Gems
3Monte Carlo$28,74392%46-23$625$23,115,87312Fox
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,73340%1916$1,144$148,5853Indomina Media
5Circumstance$20,42240%318$659$240,6434Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$15,36468%41-21$375$13,139,90617Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$10,09738%35-16$288$996,5688Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$6,80444%293$235$496,9948Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,29616%25-8$132$1,338,7228Lionsgate
10Project Nim$2,91864%176$172$381,57711Roadside Attractions
11Another Earth$2,65912%17-24$156$1,290,6809Fox Searchlight
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$54119%5-3$108$1,341,27510Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$79-46%1-4$79$4,9162Anchor Bay Films