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 Mon, Oct. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,052,984-76%3,4400$306$52,784,4402Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$1,012,046-73%3,549--$285$16,568,1591Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$659,035-65%2,996--$220$9,152,7001Universal
4The Ides of March$545,687-66%2,1990$248$22,308,9222Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$447,408-63%2,840-178$158$58,116,3964Sony / Columbia
650/50$391,126-63%2,391-88$164$24,670,2783Summit
7Dolphin Tale$362,495-79%3,286-192$110$58,922,6614Warner Bros.
8Courageous$278,374-71%1,21453$229$21,561,2023Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$241,814-67%2,150--$112$3,493,6981Fox
10The Lion King 3D$193,565-76%1,970-297$98$90,729,8835Disney
11Dream House$163,125-71%2,172-492$75$18,547,7153Universal
12Contagion$148,186-64%1,684-566$88$72,147,6896Warner Bros.
13The Help$125,403-60%1,267-797$99$165,031,37510Disney / DreamWorks
14Killer Elite$105,405-62%1,431-980$74$23,763,7244Open Road
15What's Your Number?$104,032-64%1,282-1729$81$13,054,9583Fox
16Abduction$97,285-72%1,707-884$57$25,875,9704Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$112,616-63%703-627$160$32,226,0715FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,797-69%330-77$75$380,260,19714Warner Bros.
3Laugh at My Pain$23,324-59%188-60$124$7,386,1696CodeBlack Entertainment
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$20,207-67%273-109$74$175,327,01911Fox
5Captain America: The First Avenger$19,747-67%246-57$80$176,193,53413Paramount
6The Debt$18,489-56%200-158$92$30,893,7517Focus
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,369-79%311-54$43$38,049,7429Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$13,052-57%162-60$81$83,357,86612Warner Bros.
9Cowboys & Aliens$11,440-68%2082$55$99,980,27112Universal
10Warrior (2011)$7,740-58%135-184$57$13,580,2836Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$3,832-59%107-133$36$9,574,3125Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,357-75%115-30$20$18,658,5027Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,899-51%490$304$13,521,14328Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$7,184-58%43-50$167$420,1784Relativity Media
3Labios Rojos$6,238-76%67--$93$79,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Sarah's Key$5,567-57%86-27$65$6,979,97613Weinstein Company
5Horrible Bosses$4,332-62%85-57$51$117,489,72415Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$4,280-70%3223$134$179,3853Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,038-63%80-34$38$23,889,4878FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$2,539-50%41-36$62$4,335,2537Visio Entertainment
9Our Idiot Brother$1,891-60%41-26$46$24,692,2518Weinstein Company
10Circumstance$1,812-63%191$95$401,9728Roadside Attractions
11Texas Killing Fields$1,228-49%3--$409$10,0001Anchor Bay Films
12Dirty Girl$1,114-63%101$111$39,9942Weinstein Company
13Apollo 18$969-52%18-28$54$17,541,1017Weinstein Company
14The Future$959-11%0-15--$552,77212Roadside Attractions
15Thunder Soul$477-74%12-25$40$140,0794Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$389-67%6-8$65$40,7233Fox Searchlight
17Project Nim$8-76%3-3$3$399,90015Roadside Attractions