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 Wed, Dec. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,069,091-19%4,046-20$264$250,457,9003Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$567,704-17%3,4400$165$58,178,8852Disney
3Hugo$513,578-23%1,840563$279$26,823,7702Paramount
4Immortals$412,170-17%2,627-50$157$76,991,5884Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$380,698-11%3,3760$113$26,480,6502Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$332,087-17%3,536-75$94$52,751,0773Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$303,939-19%3,04920$100$65,127,3974Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$276,460-15%2,404-70$115$71,463,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$249,493-13%1,98575$126$33,328,1824Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$171,054-17%2,750-255$62$140,062,8186Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$59,071-9%1,004817$59$73,963,81011Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$55,090-12%1,016857$54$40,291,7819Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$378,813-19%574141$660$18,874,3213Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$116,294-16%2440$477$4,225,7772Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$100,692-18%710-165$142$33,405,3265Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$49,775-18%421-36$118$36,008,5266Fox
5Courageous$27,395-2%26554$103$33,114,55110Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$26,384-4%1522$174$2,950,5756Paramount Vantage
7The Way$22,408-9%16059$140$3,689,2929Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$19,664-27%15111$130$4,748,0007Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$19,586-20%410194$48$70,778,54611Warner Bros.
1050/50$15,617-11%196-14$80$34,806,90410Summit
11Footloose (2011)$10,701-3%309-75$35$51,062,0068Paramount
12Paranormal Activity 3$10,540-3%255-100$41$103,475,0517Paramount
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,043-31%208-16$48$20,129,6697Summit
14Anonymous$9,075-4%10533$86$4,421,3156Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$6,727-12%151-12$45$27,988,29611Lionsgate
16Contagion$6,175-9%155-63$40$75,584,91913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,888-25%10--$3,289$465,5551Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$23,1224%62$3,854$567,7802Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$9,95811%84-29$119$2,759,6457Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,753-45%490$199$14,598,36835Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,292-12%86-7$85$34,621,10112FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$6,3979%245$267$173,2762Warner Bros.
7Pastorela$6,0448%55--$110$100,8101Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Rum Diary$5,558-10%639$88$13,035,4746FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,2599%84-19$51$176,658,00318Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,062-53%21--$51$19,2501Roadside Attractions
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$55017%31-17$18$38,530,03716Weinstein Company
12Inni$403-38%3-2$134$111,4026Cinema Purgatorio
13Sarah's Key$36612%7-20$52$7,692,70520Weinstein Company
14Laugh at My Pain$98-35%51$20$7,704,85413CodeBlack Entertainment