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 Sat, Oct. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$17,203,500-35%3,321--$5,180$43,509,2451Paramount
2Real Steel$4,885,15157%3,412-28$1,432$63,898,2823Disney / DreamWorks
3Footloose (2011)$4,526,66629%3,5556$1,273$28,049,6512Paramount
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,517,99518%3,017--$1,166$6,487,6821Summit
5The Ides of March$2,229,90646%2,042-157$1,092$28,018,0463Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$1,849,60548%2,828-458$654$63,286,7295Warner Bros.
7Moneyball$1,816,37837%2,353-487$772$62,801,2625Sony / Columbia
8Johnny English Reborn$1,645,13541%1,552--$1,060$2,808,9801Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,302,82530%2,995-1$435$13,285,4952Universal
1050/50$1,222,17732%1,932-459$633$28,133,5874Summit
11Courageous$1,004,88427%1,195-19$841$24,279,7674Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$721,48726%2,1500$336$5,614,5232Fox
13The Lion King 3D$563,54383%1,091-879$517$92,225,4216Disney
14Dream House$532,40540%1,224-948$435$19,959,5304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$384,69842%901-783$427$73,277,5367Warner Bros.
2The Mighty Macs$356,4133%975--$366$703,2531Quaker Media
3The Help$315,99545%776-491$407$166,010,45911Disney / DreamWorks
4Abduction$268,09650%753-954$356$26,658,7275Lionsgate
5Drive (2011)$254,34336%367-336$693$33,021,9326FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$177,02546%751-680$236$24,520,6255Open Road
7The Smurfs$168,09055%327-43$514$140,444,76813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$124,06026%343-939$362$13,620,0434Fox
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$106,04050%249-24$426$175,570,76012Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$101,96829%308146$331$83,586,57613Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,22542%240-90$326$380,484,06615Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$70,75239%184-62$385$176,384,41714Paramount
13Colombiana$53,53066%17644$304$36,511,0099Sony / TriStar
14Laugh at My Pain$52,35950%103-85$508$7,533,0837CodeBlack Entertainment
15Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$49,00890%178-133$275$38,165,19010Weinstein Company
16The Debt$47,82569%119-81$402$31,028,1388Focus
17Cowboys & Aliens$40,61538%131-77$310$100,093,04113Universal
18Shark Night 3D$30,53888%102-13$299$18,712,4458Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$239,13141%56--$4,270$408,4211Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$54,37635%4--$13,594$94,5411Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$34,0657%490$695$13,643,77229Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$19,16467%94-61$204$80,347,86016Sony / Columbia
5Our Idiot Brother$13,64628%7938$173$24,723,5789Weinstein Company
6Munger Road$13,63522%16-16$852$214,0474Freestyle Releasing
7Machine Gun Preacher$12,80939%25-18$512$466,3305Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$12,71842%53-27$240$23,919,3369FilmDistrict
9Warrior (2011)$10,95211%65-70$168$13,624,7697Lionsgate
10Horrible Bosses$10,31138%50-35$206$117,524,03416Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$9,04431%48-38$188$7,019,40714Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$8,81335%43-24$205$113,1342Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,16461%21-1$246$471,1128Indomina Media
14I Don't Know How She Does It$3,78735%29-78$131$9,593,3336Weinstein Company
15Seven Days in Utopia$3,648-14%20-21$182$4,351,7238Visio Entertainment
16Circumstance$3,55952%10-9$356$415,7279Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$3,42814%41$857$19,8042Anchor Bay Films
18Apollo 18$2,85723%13-5$220$17,551,1448Weinstein Company
19Dirty Girl$1,56136%5-5$312$46,5073Weinstein Company
20The Future$1,416-18%14-2$101$558,33713Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$74357%129$62$401,16516Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$41275%4-8$103$142,6365Roadside Attractions