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 Tue, Dec. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$5,162,0675%3,703--$1,394$49,725,2741Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,505,30629%3,723--$942$29,462,7711Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,281,49015%3,5050$366$27,115,9062Warner Bros. / New Line
4Arthur Christmas$801,04825%2,929-343$273$39,944,2474Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$725,81516%2,532-76$287$40,507,9024Paramount
6The Sitter$715,3721%2,7522$260$19,351,5682Fox
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$697,9557%2,958-646$236$267,677,3565Lionsgate / Summit
8The Muppets$678,83415%2,808-520$242$72,261,7454Disney
9Happy Feet Two$253,17523%1,780-1060$142$59,368,3725Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$176,3941%1,910-877$92$70,856,8796Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$123,516-11%1,216-1083$102$82,152,0786Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$105,200-16%1,315-754$80$76,018,8657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,688,105-16%425--$3,972$17,094,3141Paramount
2The Descendants$445,78412%8782$508$29,490,0095Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$421,7221%986978$428$4,682,3112Paramount
4Puss in Boots (2011)$105,07418%757-1086$139$142,969,7408Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$91,7185%2440$376$6,266,0544Weinstein Company
6J. Edgar$58,2842%703-852$83$35,834,5086Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$56,83144%281-61$202$71,427,16813Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$32,9761%202-268$163$34,478,8377Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$27,8500%273-81$102$36,788,2958Fox
10Footloose (2011)$27,40223%25352$108$51,342,50310Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 3$17,60311%206-96$85$103,816,9809Paramount
12Margin Call$15,47319%121-27$128$5,143,1939Roadside Attractions
13Courageous$15,0905%101-90$149$33,543,66412Sony / TriStar
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$12,40742%123-45$101$20,336,4669Summit
15Like Crazy$10,571-15%100-62$106$3,315,9538Paramount Vantage
1650/50$9,317-2%111-35$84$34,982,79712Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$56,6901%1612$3,543$992,2732Focus
2Shame$49,1251%5130$963$1,329,1153Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$46,66713%171$2,745$1,415,4844Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$19,893-11%250$796$502,1974Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,12130%490$309$14,813,73237Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$12,61216%93-27$136$4,012,00511Producers Distribution Agency
7Moneyball$12,00912%98-110$123$74,340,10413Sony / Columbia
8The Ides of March$7,7884%72-115$108$40,583,13011Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$7,71716%56-14$138$34,740,74314FilmDistrict
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,149-25%39-33$81$2,877,6219Fox Searchlight
11The Rum Diary$2,588-5%30-33$86$13,105,3658FilmDistrict
12Pastorela$1,273-15%19-25$67$159,5583Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Cook County$538-2%5--$108$8,6681Hanover House