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 Fri, Dec. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$5,452,139143%4,046-20$1,348$235,843,0833Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$2,721,975226%3,4400$791$47,996,3902Disney
3Hugo$1,993,270283%1,840563$1,083$19,556,7462Paramount
4Arthur Christmas$1,652,994323%3,3760$490$19,594,7452Sony / Columbia
5Jack and Jill$1,577,285303%3,04920$517$60,385,7664Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$1,405,142199%3,536-75$397$47,190,3183Warner Bros.
7Immortals$1,369,043133%2,627-50$521$72,563,3284Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$1,250,080250%2,404-70$520$67,894,9105Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$713,307199%2,750-255$259$137,185,5086Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$711,696117%1,98575$359$30,972,7774Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$174,561953%1,004817$174$73,391,89911Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$157,422885%1,016857$155$39,765,1159Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,437,336217%574141$2,504$14,324,6663Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$345,521137%2440$1,416$3,026,7272Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$334,701147%710-165$471$32,434,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$180,114204%421-36$428$35,475,5076Fox
5Like Crazy$84,148128%1522$554$2,700,7546Paramount Vantage
6Dolphin Tale$82,328717%410194$201$70,481,92611Warner Bros.
7Courageous$62,152145%26554$235$32,885,37810Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$57,021158%15011$380$4,526,3387Roadside Attractions
9Footloose (2011)$49,175237%309-75$159$50,937,7428Paramount
1050/50$44,147138%196-14$225$34,672,13810Summit
11Paranormal Activity 3$41,279151%255-100$162$103,352,8407Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,207136%208-16$179$20,012,7837Summit
13The Smurfs$30,689--32779$94$142,399,07619Sony / Columbia
14Abduction$27,336233%151-12$181$27,900,49911Lionsgate
15Anonymous$23,777235%10533$226$4,347,3506Sony / Columbia
16Contagion$23,161101%155-63$149$75,518,53313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$110,476--10--$11,048$110,4761Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$55,574125%62$9,262$345,9332Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$26,90249%84-29$320$2,667,5707Fox Searchlight
4Pastorela$23,784--55--$432$23,7841Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Born to Be Wild 3D$22,72515%490$464$14,522,81335Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$19,369104%86-7$225$34,557,17612FilmDistrict
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$12,659140%245$527$100,1772Warner Bros.
8The Rum Diary$12,024127%639$191$12,992,8136FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$11,474140%84-19$137$176,614,43518Fox
10Answers to Nothing$5,223--21--$249$5,2231Roadside Attractions
11Inni$2,593155%62$432$106,2886Cinema Purgatorio
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,599110%31-17$52$38,521,35516Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,352924%51$270$7,703,79513CodeBlack Entertainment
14Circumstance$1,320--2--$660$443,14915Roadside Attractions
15Sarah's Key$9906%7-20$141$7,689,73420Weinstein Company