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 Sun, Dec. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,002,895-43%4,046-20$989$246,926,4093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$3,226,324-37%3,4400$938$56,357,1702Disney
3Arthur Christmas$2,282,788-34%3,3760$676$25,343,4872Sony / Columbia
4Hugo$2,182,413-35%1,840563$1,186$25,121,1852Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$1,749,865-37%3,536-75$495$51,704,5663Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$1,305,046-47%3,04920$428$64,165,4544Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,203,162-36%2,627-50$458$75,659,1744Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$932,878-33%2,750-255$339$139,514,4426Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$865,440-53%2,404-70$360$70,598,7555Universal
10J. Edgar$563,749-45%1,98575$284$32,569,4924Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$126,725-53%1,004817$126$73,787,48511Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$121,627-49%1,016857$120$40,123,5909Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,125,762-49%574141$1,961$17,677,0713Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$324,291-36%2440$1,329$3,860,7512Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$240,655-41%710-165$339$33,085,3455Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$130,781-46%421-36$311$35,850,4956Fox
5Dolphin Tale$93,339-33%410194$228$70,714,87611Warner Bros.
6Courageous$67,742-18%26554$256$33,036,12410Sony / TriStar
7Like Crazy$65,567-39%1522$431$2,874,3736Paramount Vantage
8Margin Call$53,301-49%15011$355$4,684,7557Roadside Attractions
9The Smurfs$37,795-40%32779$116$142,500,16419Sony / Columbia
1050/50$32,951-40%196-14$168$34,760,17110Summit
11Footloose (2011)$29,557-54%309-75$96$51,031,2348Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$29,103-45%208-16$140$20,094,4657Summit
13Paranormal Activity 3$28,839-53%255-100$113$103,442,4447Paramount
14Abduction$24,607-42%151-12$163$27,967,67711Lionsgate
15Anonymous$19,224-33%10533$183$4,395,4566Sony / Columbia
16Contagion$15,736-51%155-63$102$75,566,37913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$99,338-29%10--$9,934$349,5191Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$67,452-24%62$11,242$501,6242Weinstein Company
3Pastorela$33,85638%55--$616$82,1751Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$22,848-45%84-29$272$2,732,0117Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$22,333-40%245$931$159,5312Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,315-21%490$374$14,564,38335Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,014-43%86-7$175$34,598,32212FilmDistrict
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$12,863-33%84-19$153$176,646,39618Fox
9The Rum Diary$11,462-22%639$182$13,018,8996FilmDistrict
10Answers to Nothing$3,231-44%21--$154$14,2621Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$3,027-29%31-17$98$38,528,66616Weinstein Company
12Circumstance$1,3200%2--$660$445,78915Roadside Attractions
13Sarah's Key$640-52%7-20$91$7,691,70020Weinstein Company
14Inni$427-84%3-2$142$109,4696Cinema Purgatorio
15Laugh at My Pain$249-43%51$50$7,704,48113CodeBlack Entertainment