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 Wed, Dec. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,921,045428%3,448--$2,587$26,015,3591Paramount
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,065,496--2,914--$1,738$5,065,4960Sony / Columbia
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,283,299-17%3,703--$1,157$54,008,5731Warner Bros.
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,509,7970%3,726--$942$32,972,5681Fox
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,302,020--3,087--$746$5,577,0200Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,056,104-18%3,051-454$346$28,172,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$667,892-17%2,105-1167$317$40,612,1394Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$586,401-14%1,859-1469$315$72,848,1464Disney
9The Sitter$553,978-23%2,473-277$224$19,905,5462Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$515,186-26%1,822-1782$283$268,192,5425Lionsgate / Summit
11Hugo$507,511-30%1,487-1121$341$41,015,4134Paramount
12Immortals$44,264-64%1,216-1083$36$82,196,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$384,822-14%835-41$461$29,874,8315Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$351,843-17%986978$357$5,034,1542Paramount
3Happy Feet Two$133,151-47%760-2080$175$59,501,5235Warner Bros.
4Puss in Boots (2011)$127,94022%757-1086$169$143,097,6808Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$94,550-46%677-2110$140$70,951,4296Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$73,911-19%2440$303$6,339,9654Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$43,890-58%418-1651$105$76,062,7557Universal
8Dolphin Tale$39,036-31%250-92$156$71,466,20413Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$36,364-38%455-1100$80$35,870,8726Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$26,580-19%245-225$108$34,505,4177Warner Bros. / New Line
11Footloose (2011)$24,078-12%25352$95$51,366,58110Paramount
12Moneyball$23,21393%24234$96$74,363,31713Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$20,95539%187-4$112$33,564,61912Sony / TriStar
14In Time$16,611-40%273-81$61$36,804,9068Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$14,702-16%206-96$71$103,831,6829Paramount
16Margin Call$11,032-29%121-27$91$5,154,2259Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$9,16018%141-46$65$40,592,29011Sony / Columbia
1850/50$8,801-6%111-35$79$34,991,59812Summit
19Like Crazy$8,765-17%100-62$88$3,324,7188Paramount Vantage
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$6,110-51%123-45$50$20,342,5769Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$51,772-9%1612$3,236$1,044,0452Focus
2The Artist$39,607-15%171$2,330$1,455,0914Weinstein Company
3Shame$38,140-22%5029$763$1,367,2553Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,19057%22-3$1,418$533,3874Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,8515%490$323$14,829,58337Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$13,0203%93-27$140$4,025,02511Producers Distribution Agency
7Drive (2011)$8,91115%56-14$159$34,749,65414FilmDistrict
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,534-20%39-33$65$2,880,1559Fox Searchlight
9The Rum Diary$1,939-25%30-33$65$13,107,3048FilmDistrict
10Pastorela$705-45%19-25$37$160,2633Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Cook County$448-17%5--$90$9,1161Hanover House