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. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$5,027,448--3,505--$1,434$5,027,4481Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$3,706,669--2,750--$1,348$3,706,6691Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$2,456,195118%3,604-442$682$254,039,4624Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$1,672,046186%3,328-112$502$60,435,3043Disney
5Hugo$1,574,646191%2,608768$604$28,939,0563Paramount
6Arthur Christmas$1,426,754248%3,272-104$436$28,316,8663Sony / Columbia
7Jack and Jill$871,357177%2,787-262$313$66,313,6445Sony / Columbia
8Happy Feet Two$845,817142%2,840-696$298$53,945,9184Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$734,495144%2,069-335$355$72,498,0256Universal
10Immortals$729,71075%2,299-328$317$78,137,2155Relativity Media
11J. Edgar$355,69645%1,555-430$229$33,928,3945Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$354,85494%1,843-907$193$140,600,1297Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,318,017250%876302$1,505$20,568,4404Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$215,40592%2440$883$4,553,2443Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$154,50646%470-240$329$33,665,9656Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$110,453119%354-67$312$36,169,3257Fox
5Dolphin Tale$69,517241%342-68$203$70,868,43212Warner Bros.
6Like Crazy$51,57568%16210$318$3,032,8887Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$49,18794%191-74$258$33,189,06611Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$45,792119%148-2$309$4,814,7428Roadside Attractions
9Moneyball$43,412-31%208-796$209$74,070,01512Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 3$41,000263%30247$136$103,527,3528Paramount
11The Ides of March$35,211-39%187-829$188$40,384,41910Sony / Columbia
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$26,679130%168-40$159$20,167,9628Summit
13Footloose (2011)$22,622117%201-108$113$51,095,0509Paramount
1450/50$21,02631%146-50$144$34,843,96611Summit
15Abduction$18,442139%131-20$141$28,014,45512Lionsgate
16The Smurfs$16,834--181-146$93$142,549,42820Sony / Columbia
17Contagion$13,88453%111-44$125$75,607,86814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$90,684--4--$22,671$90,6841Focus
2Young Adult$89,660--8--$11,208$89,6601Paramount
3Shame$83,839158%2111$3,992$581,9252Fox Searchlight
4The Artist$77,073201%1610$4,817$670,4533Weinstein Company
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$25,401196%251$1,016$207,2613Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,13924%490$391$14,632,88436Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$15,03089%70-16$215$34,644,07513FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,26237%72-12$198$2,784,2898Fox Searchlight
9Anonymous$10,055-1%82-23$123$4,441,4957Sony / Columbia
10The Rum Diary$9,34169%630$148$13,050,3327FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$9,28390%44-11$211$114,9832Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,884101%61-23$146$176,671,30019Fox
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,077139%23-8$47$38,531,56517Weinstein Company
14Project Nim$981--2--$491$408,40123Roadside Attractions
15Circumstance$67113%1-1$671$450,43016Roadside Attractions
16Inni$497-43%4-2$124$112,7647Cinema Purgatorio
17Laugh at My Pain$30866%3-2$103$7,705,34714CodeBlack Entertainment
18Answers to Nothing$120-90%7-14$17$20,5582Roadside Attractions
19The Future$76--1--$76$568,36620Roadside Attractions