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. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$2,717,723-48%3,505--$775$13,019,1801Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$2,319,214-39%2,750--$843$9,851,4351Fox
3The Muppets$2,037,893-38%3,328-112$612$65,742,1283Disney
4Arthur Christmas$1,974,875-36%3,272-104$604$33,400,5983Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,965,014-42%3,604-442$545$259,402,6694Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$1,725,493-37%2,608768$662$33,414,7193Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$1,098,430-37%2,840-696$387$56,790,4054Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$740,667-50%2,787-262$266$68,527,3855Sony / Columbia
9Immortals$674,897-36%2,299-328$294$79,868,7325Relativity Media
10Tower Heist$506,905-55%2,069-335$245$74,122,1856Universal
11Puss in Boots (2011)$502,280-35%1,843-907$273$141,873,4747Paramount / DreamWorks
12J. Edgar$287,676-47%1,555-430$185$34,761,1115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,053,989-48%876302$1,203$23,630,5614Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$220,442-36%2440$903$5,118,6613Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$121,030-39%470-240$258$33,986,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$88,933-40%354-67$251$36,405,8927Fox
5Dolphin Tale$74,150-41%342-68$217$71,068,65212Warner Bros.
6Courageous$73,3213%191-74$384$33,333,63911Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$44,308-50%148-2$299$4,947,0808Roadside Attractions
8Like Crazy$43,498-38%16210$269$3,147,0927Paramount Vantage
9Paranormal Activity 3$37,387-42%30247$124$103,629,0048Paramount
10Moneyball$32,557-56%208-796$157$74,176,91212Sony / Columbia
11The Ides of March$27,420-51%187-829$147$40,467,88110Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs$23,903-41%181-146$132$142,614,15820Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$21,570-43%168-40$128$20,227,5178Summit
14Abduction$17,702-45%131-20$135$28,064,22612Lionsgate
1550/50$17,498-34%146-50$120$34,887,97811Summit
16Footloose (2011)$14,548-56%201-108$72$51,142,4549Paramount
17Contagion$10,780-46%111-44$97$75,638,74314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$100,561-16%4--$25,140$310,5621Focus
2Young Adult$95,567-24%8--$11,946$310,2631Paramount
3The Artist$91,785-27%1610$5,737$888,7413Weinstein Company
4Shame$86,855-23%2111$4,136$781,5012Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$34,080-39%251$1,363$297,1573Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,040-20%490$389$14,675,83536Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,759-40%72-12$191$2,821,0848Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$13,326-34%70-16$190$34,677,49713FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$10,125-39%61-23$166$176,698,08619Fox
10Pastorela$10,049-13%44-11$228$136,5702Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Rum Diary$9,154-17%630$145$13,070,4627FilmDistrict
12Anonymous$9,113-28%82-23$111$4,463,2927Sony / Columbia
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,941-32%23-8$84$38,536,37617Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$1,14111%1-1$1,141$452,60216Roadside Attractions
15Project Nim$698-29%2--$349$410,07723Roadside Attractions
16Inni$336-61%41$84$113,9727Cinema Purgatorio
17Answers to Nothing$204-62%7-14$29$21,3042Roadside Attractions
18Laugh at My Pain$161-65%3-2$54$7,705,97414CodeBlack Entertainment
19The Future$9280%1--$92$568,50920Roadside Attractions