Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

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