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 Tue, Nov. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$2,630,1318%3,112--$845$37,276,2491Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$1,295,54828%3,438--$377$27,309,4321Sony / Columbia
3J. Edgar$1,038,27424%1,910--$544$13,192,2201Warner Bros.
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,019,53011%3,903-60$261$109,975,3453Paramount / DreamWorks
5Tower Heist$894,64529%3,3703$265$45,052,7102Universal
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$712,07940%2,8750$248$24,458,7082Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$353,71633%2,591-536$137$31,218,7753Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$231,86911%2,776-510$84$101,250,1074Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$154,63126%2,215-596$70$49,045,2665Paramount
10Real Steel$107,63413%1,758-680$61$81,815,8526Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rum Diary$95,73022%947-1345$101$12,545,4093FilmDistrict
2Courageous$85,4896%905-233$94$31,731,8597Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$81,29037%696-695$117$38,498,8896Sony / Columbia
4Moneyball$70,68015%813-465$87$71,989,8958Sony / Columbia
5Anonymous$62,98630%482-32$131$3,865,3743Sony / Columbia
6Martha Marcy May Marlene$52,43818%18385$287$1,778,2924Fox Searchlight
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$51,75944%669-1194$77$19,254,9244Summit
850/50$48,25432%424-323$114$33,926,4387Summit
9The Way$34,49315%171-53$202$2,695,2056Producers Distribution Agency
10Contagion$32,74025%35595$92$74,924,70910Warner Bros.
11Dolphin Tale$31,1125%705-400$44$69,694,8158Warner Bros.
12Johnny English Reborn$18,99550%210-434$90$8,161,0854Universal
13Sarah's Key$14,97728%162-156$92$7,603,14417Weinstein Company
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$9,72711%164-35$59$176,351,32615Fox
15Killer Elite$8,97422%16041$56$25,109,9668Open Road
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$8,49424%130-42$65$84,260,20016Warner Bros.
17Abduction$5,80924%127-80$46$27,493,5248Lionsgate
18The Thing (2011)$5,64013%141-243$40$16,918,0955Universal
19Dream House$5,2002%172-158$30$21,293,7157Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,83437%0-178--$3,402,2944Roadside Attractions
2Like Crazy$49,21310%7054$703$1,149,5933Paramount Vantage
3Drive (2011)$13,28237%75-61$177$34,282,2939FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,84424%490$262$14,168,04532Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Inni$5,894858%84$737$79,3023Cinema Purgatorio
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$5,3932%85-140$63$380,966,30018Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$3,90023%61-40$64$1,832,8054Quaker Media
8I Don't Know How She Does It$3,69143%8375$44$9,645,5209Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$3,01248%63-39$48$13,992,5317Fox
10The Big Year$2,98014%83-130$36$7,087,6605Fox
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,776-32%72-26$25$38,425,51813Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$1,0296%29-15$35$18,862,40511Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$97931%12-23$82$24,811,27112Weinstein Company
14The Double (2011)$91019%12-33$76$135,9583Image Entertainment
15The Son of No One$83477%4-6$209$30,1762Anchor Bay Films
16Apollo 18$523-19%18-75$29$17,684,84111Weinstein Company
17Laugh at My Pain$309-31%13-25$24$7,689,51010CodeBlack Entertainment
18Machine Gun Preacher$29629%120$25$527,3748Relativity Media
19Circumstance$26041%50$52$440,54012Roadside Attractions
20Munger Road$120-31%7-2$17$266,4857Freestyle Releasing
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$68127%1-4$68$487,60411Indomina Media
22The Future$48140%3-2$16$568,14816Roadside Attractions
23Project Nim$48-61%30$16$406,98019Roadside Attractions
24Texas Killing Fields$37-56%3-7$12$45,4035Anchor Bay Films