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. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,363,978-2%4,0665$4,025$212,201,6242Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$10,927,021-10%3,440--$3,176$35,327,9321Disney
3Happy Feet Two$5,296,2954%3,6115$1,467$40,761,0672Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$4,760,2686%3,376--$1,410$13,497,4141Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$4,392,479-3%1,277--$3,440$12,941,8141Paramount
6Jack and Jill$4,159,9849%3,029-409$1,373$55,088,7243Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$3,500,014-1%2,677-443$1,307$66,851,4853Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$3,018,2805%2,474-468$1,220$63,912,2854Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$2,922,178-1%3,005-410$972$133,807,3955Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$1,972,656-1%1,910-37$1,033$27,825,5393Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,976,84510%433404$6,875$9,221,8332Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$688,85813%244--$2,823$1,611,1201Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$667,9606%875-933$763$31,262,2544Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$275,532-18%457-910$603$34,888,4825Fox
5Like Crazy$167,7022%15041$1,118$2,385,3715Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$124,32018%139-34$894$4,303,5056Roadside Attractions
7Footloose (2011)$120,8385%384-834$315$50,781,0707Paramount
8Moneyball$117,339-3%187-222$627$73,108,15510Sony / Columbia
9Paranormal Activity 3$116,8474%355-1047$329$103,199,9666Paramount
10The Ides of March$106,4386%159-139$669$39,495,5948Sony / Columbia
11The Smurfs$99,15115%248-4$400$142,270,25118Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$92,9444%22454$415$19,861,4446Summit
1350/50$81,3499%21025$387$34,513,0899Summit
14Courageous$80,802-1%211-306$383$32,713,0559Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$72,0551%216-172$334$70,320,89410Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$69,9039%113-67$619$2,533,4016Fox Searchlight
17Contagion$64,6107%218-83$296$75,420,17112Warner Bros.
18Abduction$55,51515%163-18$341$27,812,30610Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$31,3035%103-28$304$176,569,24417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$77,1192%4--$19,280$152,5751Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$36,99110%9347$398$34,477,59911FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$36,09113%490$737$14,430,57934Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$27,7358%72-107$385$4,285,1235Sony / Columbia
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$23,4248%19--$1,233$64,2091Warner Bros.
6The Rum Diary$20,5371%54-98$380$12,943,6105FilmDistrict
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,13215%48-22$232$38,510,85315Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$9,478-4%53-6$179$7,155,0057Fox
9The Mighty Macs$4,477-17%11-17$407$1,887,4736Quaker Media
10Sarah's Key$3,8503%27-25$143$7,682,91119Weinstein Company
11Inni$2,49412%4-1$624$97,1435Cinema Purgatorio
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,54318%9-10$171$536,18310Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$1,01244%4-7$253$7,701,52112CodeBlack Entertainment
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$48-34%2-6$24$489,93313Indomina Media