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, Oct. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$7,970,377-26%3,440--$2,317$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$2,778,264-35%2,199--$1,263$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$2,769,988-30%3,478-37$796$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$2,010,187-38%3,01825$666$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$1,591,212-30%2,47921$642$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$1,572,407-16%1,1610$1,354$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$1,436,615-26%2,267-73$634$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$1,185,480-39%2,6643$445$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$840,763-33%3,0119$279$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$810,773-37%2,250-494$360$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$794,466-37%2,591-527$307$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$649,061-29%2,411-575$269$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$555,481-33%2,064-441$269$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$535,422-30%1,330-644$403$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$159,936-28%515104$311$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$124,219-27%407155$305$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
3Laugh at My Pain$117,750-45%248-30$475$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$88,003-33%303-47$290$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$82,012-38%382-209$215$174,937,80310Fox
6The Debt$74,711-31%358-245$209$30,564,7666Focus
7Colombiana$62,516-38%245-167$255$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$58,301-19%365-345$160$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$51,739-39%222-183$233$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$49,992-27%319-388$157$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Zookeeper$42,894-36%198-55$217$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
12Cowboys & Aliens$40,170-37%206-35$195$99,768,67111Universal
13I Don't Know How She Does It$28,775-27%240-505$120$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
14Horrible Bosses$27,998-32%142-80$197$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$24,767-31%143-65$173$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
16Straw Dogs (2011)$24,056-34%181-693$133$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
17Sarah's Key$20,218-12%113-26$179$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$19,721-34%145-147$136$18,595,9886Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$19,063-39%114-102$167$23,820,0767FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,765-7%490$750$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$34,535-25%9360$371$291,1983Relativity Media
3Seven Days in Utopia$17,463-13%77-58$227$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$16,125-16%98$1,792$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$11,994-24%68-35$176$68,181,94017Fox
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,829-27%27-7$364$409,2116Indomina Media
7Thunder Soul$9,522-34%3724$257$120,6513Roadside Attractions
8Final Destination 5$9,098-32%61-83$149$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
9Bad Teacher$9,069-33%64-290$142$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
10Our Idiot Brother$7,434-33%67-69$111$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
11Circumstance$5,644-6%18-5$314$371,9637Roadside Attractions
12Dirty Girl$5,044-23%9--$560$17,8591Weinstein Company
13Margaret$4,494-14%1412$321$24,9502Fox Searchlight
14Apollo 18$4,433-39%46-68$96$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
15Muran$2,960-4%7-3$423$27,2082UTV Communications
16The Future$1,179-28%15-1$79$544,78711Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$787-30%90$87$13,6342UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$220-39%4-2$55$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$72-67%1--$72$244,66956Collective Eye
20Project Nim$47-69%6-1$8$399,00114Roadside Attractions