Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

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