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, Oct. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$8,533,690--3,440--$2,481$8,533,6901Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$3,426,434--2,199--$1,558$3,426,4341Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$2,408,305255%3,478-37$692$42,317,9503Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$2,214,597150%3,01825$734$43,967,7753Sony / Columbia
550/50$1,783,164140%2,47921$719$13,613,5362Summit
6Courageous$1,413,038152%1,1610$1,217$12,705,1942Sony / TriStar
7Dream House$1,358,645229%2,6643$510$11,350,6102Universal
8The Lion King 3D$1,212,604142%2,267-73$535$82,622,5934Disney
9What's Your Number?$1,036,588150%3,0119$344$8,292,6062Fox
10Contagion$847,522131%2,250-494$377$66,931,7435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$840,971163%2,591-527$325$21,310,1133Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$643,20047%2,411-575$267$20,088,7673Open Road
13The Help$561,66561%2,064-441$272$161,268,9809Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$545,40878%1,330-644$410$28,810,7304FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$136,833176%248-30$552$6,598,7705CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Smurfs$128,755--515104$250$138,998,49811Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$112,169316%407155$276$379,457,05513Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$91,790123%303-47$303$175,585,89012Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$81,671100%382-209$214$174,723,58310Fox
6The Debt$65,51716%358-245$183$30,381,3546Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$65,40358%222-183$295$82,984,07611Warner Bros.
8Colombiana$63,869--245-167$261$36,042,3177Sony / TriStar
9Warrior (2011)$52,10515%319-388$163$13,309,2065Lionsgate
10Cowboys & Aliens$43,260137%206-35$210$99,664,64111Universal
11Zookeeper$37,528--198-55$190$80,002,61914Sony / Columbia
12I Don't Know How She Does It$32,172-29%240-505$134$9,418,5374Weinstein Company
13Horrible Bosses$31,672104%142-80$223$117,318,72014Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$28,64787%365-345$78$37,633,2918Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$26,815-34%181-693$148$10,263,6624Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$22,24066%143-65$156$352,298,11815Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$19,68592%114-102$173$23,769,5407FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$16,46768%145-147$114$18,546,1676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$15,5905%113-26$138$6,839,81312Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$31,823266%9360$342$210,4553Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$27,63496%490$564$13,259,73827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$15,70853%77-58$204$4,251,8616Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$15,652--98$1,739$63,4392Freestyle Releasing
5Thunder Soul$10,546739%3724$285$96,7573Roadside Attractions
6Bad Teacher$9,986--64-290$156$100,270,28816Sony / Columbia
7Our Idiot Brother$9,65150%67-69$144$24,639,2017Weinstein Company
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,051121%68-35$133$68,154,21317Fox
9Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,91048%27-7$330$385,8516Indomina Media
10Final Destination 5$8,02727%61-83$132$42,553,1469Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dirty Girl$6,243--9--$694$6,2431Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$5,44131%46-68$118$17,508,4846Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$4,50153%18-5$250$360,3017Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$3,414187%1412$244$15,2352Fox Searchlight
15Muran$1,378148%7-3$197$21,1732UTV Communications
16The Future$1,118-5%15-1$75$541,97211Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$41149%90$46$11,7252UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$365--4-2$91$9,9432Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$153128%1--$153$244,38056Collective Eye
20Project Nim$53-74%6-1$9$398,80414Roadside Attractions