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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,642,9245%4,0665$650$226,000,7022Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$1,042,471-3%3,440--$303$43,631,4441Disney
3Immortals$712,80514%2,677-443$266$70,043,2473Relativity Media
4Hugo$617,13412%1,277--$483$16,569,2081Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$588,19312%3,6115$163$44,868,6902Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$497,09915%3,029-409$164$58,047,7283Sony / Columbia
7Arthur Christmas$438,8750%3,376--$130$17,180,0421Sony / Columbia
8J. Edgar$416,48125%1,910-37$218$29,587,3813Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$408,21018%2,474-468$165$65,953,3504Universal
10Puss in Boots (2011)$288,0501%3,005-410$96$136,004,5225Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$584,37820%433404$1,350$11,957,2102Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$171,95214%244--$705$2,385,2431Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$153,50823%875-933$175$31,837,2744Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$69,43917%457-910$152$35,179,8265Fox
5Like Crazy$36,44316%15041$243$2,546,2955Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$34,59569%140-30$247$4,422,7676Roadside Attractions
750/50$20,29522%21025$97$34,591,6599Summit
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$19,99421%22454$89$19,945,3856Summit
9The Way$18,69010%101-36$185$3,410,1378Producers Distribution Agency
10The Ides of March$18,68226%159-139$117$39,576,7528Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$17,5005%355-1047$49$103,279,8856Paramount
12Moneyball$16,96619%187-222$91$73,186,42510Sony / Columbia
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,60810%113-67$138$2,605,5126Fox Searchlight
14Courageous$14,34525%211-306$68$32,785,5769Sony / TriStar
15Footloose (2011)$13,8823%384-834$36$50,861,2517Paramount
16Contagion$11,6157%218-83$53$75,473,00412Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$8,813-5%216-172$41$70,381,38810Warner Bros.
18Abduction$8,69712%163-18$53$27,857,36310Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,65710%103-28$45$176,594,19117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$19,375-1%4--$4,844$243,7411Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$10,15120%9347$109$34,518,89211FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$7,76539%490$158$14,465,02034Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Rum Diary$6,7397%54-98$125$12,970,0505FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$5,93928%72-107$82$4,311,6075Sony / Columbia
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$2,21880%19--$117$77,9191Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$1,802-14%53-6$34$7,164,5577Fox
8Sarah's Key$93318%27-25$35$7,687,09719Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$692-21%48-22$14$38,518,40015Weinstein Company
10Inni$428-61%52$86$100,9535Cinema Purgatorio
11Machine Gun Preacher$33687%9-10$37$538,09610Relativity Media
12Laugh at My Pain$110-22%4-7$28$7,702,22512CodeBlack Entertainment
13Project Nim$721340%1--$72$407,28821Roadside Attractions