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, Nov. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$9,853,481-63%4,061--$2,426$147,975,7421Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$1,758,247-71%3,606--$488$22,995,3151Warner Bros.
3Immortals$1,325,195-62%3,1208$425$54,405,0842Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$1,100,276-67%3,415-488$322$123,492,1494Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$1,027,227-66%3,4380$299$41,793,7062Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$676,880-60%2,942-428$230$54,215,7003Universal
7J. Edgar$577,282-62%1,94737$296$21,300,0962Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$361,256-53%1,808-1067$200$28,696,5363Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$200,971-55%1,367-1224$147$33,655,5044Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$106,055-52%1,402-1374$76$102,725,2505Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$103,492-50%1,218-997$85$50,270,3616Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$67,526-58%702-1056$96$82,625,4437Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$56,926-61%10939$522$1,824,2844Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$54,077-60%517-388$105$32,392,5488Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$51,470-57%409-404$126$72,692,7619Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$42,484-62%298-398$143$39,142,6277Sony / Columbia
6Dolphin Tale$41,646-50%388-317$107$70,058,7749Warner Bros.
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$37,004-65%180-3$206$2,295,4335Fox Searchlight
8Margin Call$33,540-69%170--$197$3,949,3245Roadside Attractions
9The Way$30,550--137-34$223$3,069,4367Producers Distribution Agency
1050/50$26,191-53%185-239$142$34,270,4548Summit
11Contagion$24,372-54%301-54$81$75,203,27811Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$24,092-55%179-303$135$4,177,0464Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$20,001-56%152-795$132$12,859,2684FilmDistrict
14Abduction$16,126-55%18154$89$27,642,8459Lionsgate
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$15,650-58%170-499$92$19,564,2005Summit
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,006-56%131-33$84$176,465,89116Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$8,645-64%108-102$80$8,277,7505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$113,525-70%29--$3,915$1,382,8211Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,0552%490$532$14,305,65633Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$6,858-60%46-29$149$34,369,98010FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,098-54%70-2$87$38,472,37314Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,576-48%91-39$61$84,329,54617Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$4,589-49%52-110$88$7,666,41818Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,293-56%78-7$42$381,003,47819Warner Bros.
8The Big Year$2,859-64%59-24$48$7,124,1046Fox
9The Mighty Macs$2,116-64%28-33$76$1,867,0685Quaker Media
10Shark Night 3D$1,297-52%27-2$48$18,873,81912Relativity Media
11What's Your Number?$1,218-60%25-38$49$14,009,4118Fox
12I Don't Know How She Does It$1,213-44%38-45$32$9,660,28710Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$562-70%11-2$51$7,697,19411CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$32723%5-13$65$17,687,25612Weinstein Company
15Our Idiot Brother$312-53%6-6$52$24,815,14213Weinstein Company
16Machine Gun Preacher$278-79%197$15$531,8739Relativity Media
17Inni$167-69%3-1$56$88,6934Cinema Purgatorio
18Circumstance$90-68%2-3$45$441,49413Roadside Attractions
19The Future$11--1-2$11$568,22217Roadside Attractions