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 Thu, Oct. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,143,66411%3,549--$322$20,013,0311Paramount
2Real Steel$1,022,3459%3,4400$297$55,907,6402Disney / DreamWorks
3The Ides of March$585,711-8%2,1990$266$24,259,3262Sony / Columbia
4The Thing (2011)$509,320-10%2,996--$170$10,979,3451Universal
5Dolphin Tale$488,15926%3,286-192$149$60,190,6754Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$482,867-3%2,840-178$170$59,658,8944Sony / Columbia
750/50$405,616-2%2,391-88$170$25,985,5403Summit
8Courageous$324,67918%1,21453$267$22,481,1663Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$255,0200%2,150--$119$4,319,3781Fox
10The Lion King 3D$211,0075%1,970-297$107$91,354,3005Disney
11Dream House$163,6501%2,172-492$75$19,047,6803Universal
12Contagion$153,778-2%1,684-566$91$72,621,2926Warner Bros.
13The Help$153,0564%1,267-797$121$165,476,83610Disney / DreamWorks
14Abduction$112,7837%1,707-884$66$26,211,5994Lionsgate
15Killer Elite$102,338-9%1,431-980$72$24,216,5994Open Road
16What's Your Number?$100,112-6%1,282-1729$78$13,397,2283Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$112,090-2%703-627$159$32,580,4495FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$33,97822%330-77$103$380,350,63714Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$26,08527%246-57$106$176,262,65213Paramount
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$21,6146%273-109$79$175,394,19911Fox
5Laugh at My Pain$18,918-2%188-60$101$7,445,8766CodeBlack Entertainment
6The Debt$18,027-9%200-158$90$30,952,0747Focus
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$17,16042%311-54$55$38,090,4379Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,4094%162-60$95$83,405,32112Warner Bros.
9Cowboys & Aliens$14,5057%2082$70$100,022,94112Universal
10Warrior (2011)$7,9791%135-184$59$13,603,9426Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$4,19015%107-133$39$9,586,7315Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,1721%115-30$19$18,665,6877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,0273%49--$388$13,577,90328Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$8,70816%86-27$101$7,003,44813Weinstein Company
3Machine Gun Preacher$7,8676%43-50$183$444,2994Relativity Media
4Horrible Bosses$5,71615%85-57$67$117,506,25915Warner Bros. / New Line
5Labios Rojos$5,016-12%67--$75$97,8131Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Munger Road$3,8364%3223$120$190,6273Freestyle Releasing
7Seven Days in Utopia$3,15116%41-36$77$4,343,8387Visio Entertainment
8Our Idiot Brother$2,69843%41-26$66$24,699,2948Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,382-18%80-34$30$23,897,6468FilmDistrict
10Circumstance$2,271-21%191$120$409,8198Roadside Attractions
11Apollo 18$1,2053%18-28$67$17,545,9667Weinstein Company
12Texas Killing Fields$1,16617%3--$389$13,3741Anchor Bay Films
13Dirty Girl$1,130-9%101$113$43,7992Weinstein Company
14The Future$92854%0-15--$555,19812Roadside Attractions
15Margaret$9125%6-8$152$43,0583Fox Searchlight
16Thunder Soul$603-9%12-25$50$141,9894Roadside Attractions
17Project Nim$16756%4-2$42$400,22715Roadside Attractions