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, Nov. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$15,086,41993%3,96311$3,807$65,371,8132Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$10,489,21530%3,367--$3,115$18,552,1951Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$4,695,133-13%2,875--$1,633$10,088,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$3,724,67527%3,286-43$1,133$93,446,5503Paramount
5In Time$3,250,13231%3,1275$1,039$22,234,3282Fox
6Footloose (2011)$2,051,04939%2,811-413$730$43,775,5144Paramount
7Real Steel$1,591,10771%2,438-476$653$77,863,1585Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$1,201,32622%2,29220$524$9,623,7972FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$907,49451%1,391-181$652$36,308,5015Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$836,45043%1,278-353$654$69,850,4697Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$740,93351%1,863-1154$398$17,581,3943Summit
12Courageous$628,72329%1,1384$552$29,528,8956Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$478,050100%1,105-733$433$68,312,1807Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$536,49145%514249$1,044$2,357,5002Sony / Columbia
250/50$421,27334%747-447$564$32,756,1026Summit
3Margin Call$328,26761%17838$1,844$2,330,9433Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$302,72577%644-910$470$7,522,2953Universal
5The Smurfs$145,089115%278-25$522$141,180,64415Sony / Columbia
6The Thing (2011)$124,79559%384-1010$325$16,683,1954Universal
7Sarah's Key$117,95556%318289$371$7,262,93016Weinstein Company
8Dream House$99,02562%330-255$300$21,105,6056Universal
9Contagion$95,01639%260-151$365$74,414,6049Warner Bros.
10Drive (2011)$83,25234%136-58$612$34,012,3638FilmDistrict
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$79,86859%199-32$401$176,092,55314Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$63,874189%22562$284$380,839,20317Warner Bros.
13Abduction$61,11249%207-144$295$27,337,8477Lionsgate
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$57,37228%172-78$334$84,081,51015Warner Bros.
15The Big Year$46,05543%213-210$216$6,991,2814Fox
16The Mighty Macs$43,40975%101-288$430$1,711,1233Quaker Media
17Captain America: The First Avenger$25,29243%102-37$248$176,622,97416Paramount
18What's Your Number?$22,83927%10240$224$13,921,9136Fox
19Killer Elite$18,17040%119-138$153$24,995,2087Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$201,65656%9866$2,058$896,0833Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$109,03835%1612$6,815$367,6902Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$40,29065%490$822$13,932,89631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$26,897149%98-53$274$38,335,13912Weinstein Company
5The Double (2011)$24,03924%4534$534$81,7952Image Entertainment
6Apollo 18$16,04771%93-27$173$17,653,33510Weinstein Company
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,69253%52-23$263$24,010,80711FilmDistrict
8Shark Night 3D$12,34599%44-46$281$18,829,91310Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$10,20033%39-12$262$7,668,9609CodeBlack Entertainment
10Our Idiot Brother$8,17229%35-16$233$24,786,37311Weinstein Company
11The Son of No One$6,9025%10--$690$13,5051Anchor Bay Films
12Munger Road$4,0383%9-1$449$256,8666Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,03742%12-1$253$518,2567Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$1,85045%103$185$40,8374Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$1,1197%5-2$224$435,44711Roadside Attractions
16Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$88546%5-1$177$485,68810Indomina Media
17I Don't Know How She Does It$861-7%8-6$108$9,607,7238Weinstein Company
18Dirty Girl$7023%65$117$53,0845Weinstein Company
19The Future$25081%50$50$566,89015Roadside Attractions
20Project Nim$215126%30$72$406,40818Roadside Attractions