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, Sep. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$6,728,195--2,993--$2,248$6,728,1951Sony / Columbia
2The Lion King 3D$6,075,717170%2,3300$2,608$45,621,7872Disney
3Dolphin Tale$5,097,129--3,507--$1,453$5,097,1291Warner Bros.
4Abduction$3,844,222--3,118--$1,233$3,844,2221Lionsgate
5Killer Elite$3,406,208--2,986--$1,141$3,406,2081Open Road
6Contagion$2,620,940161%3,136-86$836$51,177,6123Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$1,866,64693%2,90418$643$17,520,0212FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,313,68896%2,695-319$487$151,357,7907Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$685,22496%2,4080$285$7,469,0782Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$679,58086%2,49014$273$6,646,0052Weinstein Company
11The Debt$357,91629%1,067-764$335$28,064,3794Focus
12Warrior (2011)$349,99338%1,411-472$248$11,440,2843Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$316,45264%1,178-1162$269$172,754,9758Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$115,644208%1,207-443$96$36,424,0826Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$362,798253%28757$1,264$4,393,2813CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$270,92942%847-1086$320$34,456,3725Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$251,38178%675-470$372$81,536,9319Warner Bros.
4Shark Night 3D$134,96930%637-1445$212$17,891,4064Relativity Media
5The Smurfs$127,577141%669-750$191$137,939,6339Sony / Columbia
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$110,10624%424-910$260$23,233,6275FilmDistrict
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$101,764135%251-55$405$351,603,30313Paramount / DreamWorks
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$96,80837%320-281$303$378,533,67611Warner Bros.
9Horrible Bosses$88,721107%313-131$283$116,765,49212Warner Bros. / New Line
10Captain America: The First Avenger$85,42863%334-206$256$174,576,36110Paramount
11Our Idiot Brother$81,306-36%411-1336$198$24,266,6925Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$81,204--294-54$276$79,400,52612Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$81,07590%345-269$235$99,079,5919Universal
14Seven Days in Utopia$80,87156%272-165$297$3,864,6864Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$57,423-26%339-1456$169$17,254,8034Weinstein Company
16Bad Teacher$48,704--232-242$210$99,572,87014Sony / Columbia
17Final Destination 5$45,115160%254-48$178$42,256,0257Warner Bros. / New Line
18Sarah's Key$36,103-4%151-115$239$6,496,28610Weinstein Company
19The Change-Up$33,78556%169-138$200$36,964,0208Universal
20Bridesmaids$26,08580%111-59$235$169,024,57520Universal
21Mr. Popper's Penguins$25,577166%153-60$167$67,955,03215Fox
22Super 8$20,395135%117-42$174$126,922,21416Paramount
23Kung Fu Panda 2$18,698228%113-29$165$165,170,39618Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,86873%490$548$12,917,14925Warner Bros. / IMAX
230 Minutes or Less$22,965--95-196$242$37,003,9127Sony / Columbia
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,818325%4829$455$206,1264Indomina Media
4Thunder Soul$19,866--35--$568$19,8661Roadside Attractions
5Monte Carlo$11,626309%34-12$342$23,155,94113Fox
6Machine Gun Preacher$10,330--4--$2,583$10,3301Relativity Media
7Circumstance$9,21755%29-2$318$286,6665Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$8,42035%39-2$216$13,181,98318Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$6,760-8%44-72$154$1,367,3354Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern$6,58842%49-54$134$116,574,94915Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$6,414-38%56-98$115$21,196,9396Lionsgate
12Attack the Block$2,492-28%17-18$147$1,018,1859Sony / Screen Gems
13The Future$2,423-15%27-2$90$514,2029Roadside Attractions
14The Devil's Double$2,26456%4823$47$1,351,7299Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,802139%181$100$388,87012Roadside Attractions