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 Thu, Dec. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$6,421,102-28%3,4483023$1,862$32,436,4611Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,745,04911%3,703--$1,281$58,753,6221Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,967,61913%3,726--$1,065$36,940,1871Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,310,977-35%2,914--$1,136$8,376,4730Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$2,431,0036%3,087--$787$8,008,0230Paramount
6New Year's Eve$1,165,18510%3,051-454$382$29,337,1952Warner Bros. / New Line
7Arthur Christmas$855,86328%2,105-1167$407$41,468,0024Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$708,37921%1,859-1469$381$73,556,5254Disney
9Hugo$611,85621%1,487-1121$411$41,627,2694Paramount
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$609,35918%1,822-1782$334$268,801,9015Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sitter$582,6565%2,473-277$236$20,488,2022Fox
12Immortals$48,0008%1,216-1083$39$82,244,3426Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$416,7218%835-41$499$30,291,5525Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$375,2947%986978$381$5,409,4482Paramount
3Puss in Boots (2011)$153,51720%757-1086$203$143,251,1978Paramount / DreamWorks
4Happy Feet Two$131,119-2%760-2080$173$59,632,6425Warner Bros.
5Jack and Jill$108,27915%677-2110$160$71,059,7086Sony / Columbia
6My Week with Marilyn$79,2317%2440$325$6,419,1964Weinstein Company
7Tower Heist$50,16014%418-1651$120$76,112,9157Universal
8Dolphin Tale$44,95215%250-92$180$71,511,15613Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$41,39814%455-1100$91$35,912,2706Warner Bros.
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$28,7698%245-225$117$34,534,1867Warner Bros. / New Line
11Moneyball$28,12021%24234$116$74,391,43713Sony / Columbia
12Footloose (2011)$28,04116%25352$111$51,394,62210Paramount
13Courageous$26,14925%187-4$140$33,593,76812Sony / TriStar
14In Time$18,1029%273-81$66$36,823,0088Fox
15Paranormal Activity 3$16,31711%206-96$79$103,847,9999Paramount
16Margin Call$11,2142%121-28$93$5,165,4399Roadside Attractions
17The Ides of March$10,84318%141-46$77$40,603,13311Sony / Columbia
18Like Crazy$9,4187%100-62$94$3,334,1368Paramount Vantage
1950/50$8,520-3%111-35$77$35,000,11812Summit
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$7,33720%123-45$60$20,349,9139Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$57,53711%1612$3,596$1,101,5822Focus
2The Artist$43,3399%171$2,549$1,498,4304Weinstein Company
3Shame$40,1625%5029$803$1,407,4173Fox Searchlight
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$31,0550%22-3$1,412$564,4424Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,555-8%490$297$14,844,13837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$5,671-36%56-14$101$34,755,32514FilmDistrict
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,14024%39-33$81$2,883,2959Fox Searchlight
8The Rum Diary$2,51129%30-33$84$13,109,8158FilmDistrict
9Pastorela$93132%19-25$49$161,1943Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Cook County$61136%5--$122$9,7271Hanover House