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 Sun, Dec. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,653,650119%3,4483023$3,960$61,993,0902Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$9,616,493147%3,7030$2,597$79,024,1772Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,515,402--2,376--$3,163$7,515,4021Disney / DreamWorks
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,628,785124%2,914--$1,932$21,145,0771Sony / Columbia
5We Bought a Zoo$4,491,200138%3,117--$1,441$9,818,9201Fox
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,388,46258%3,683-40$1,192$49,525,3792Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,765,77855%3,087--$1,220$17,729,0161Paramount
8The Darkest Hour$2,993,519--2,324--$1,288$2,993,5191Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,474,664185%2,225-1280$663$32,650,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Sitter$871,526218%1,486-1266$586$22,227,3673Fox
11The Muppets$609,9530%1,536-1272$397$75,702,2875Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$512,06081%1,411-1547$363$270,268,2076Lionsgate / Summit
13Arthur Christmas$298,393-60%1,524-1405$196$43,541,3215Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,007,983126%753-125$1,339$32,364,9236Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$886,550156%9871$898$7,155,8983Paramount
3Hugo$826,94740%951-1581$870$43,759,0975Paramount
4The Artist$414,98076%167150$2,485$2,381,4935Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$264,280107%602358$439$6,980,2935Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$136,53046%389-368$351$143,661,7749Paramount / DreamWorks
7J. Edgar$64,26884%455-248$141$36,054,4097Warner Bros.
8Happy Feet Two$63,204-2%535-1245$118$59,852,1556Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$53,39242%242-1668$221$71,256,3257Sony / Columbia
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,785161%24543$215$34,646,1588Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tower Heist$48,11055%283-1032$170$76,250,1708Universal
12Immortals$46,46267%228-988$204$82,364,5817Relativity Media
13Moneyball$41,96775%242144$173$74,506,05914Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$41,930190%19291$218$33,684,29213Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$18,9766%188-93$101$71,587,24914Warner Bros.
16In Time$16,17992%112-161$144$36,867,9499Fox
17The Ides of March$16,10259%14573$111$40,647,23112Sony / Columbia
18Footloose (2011)$14,695105%182-71$81$51,437,38411Paramount
19Paranormal Activity 3$13,704244%124-82$111$103,878,05710Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$313,82262%5539$5,706$1,819,0413Focus
2Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$72,348--6--$12,058$72,3481Warner Bros.
3Shame$49,35071%50-1$987$1,530,9914Fox Searchlight
4Margin Call$7,46620%30-91$249$5,186,35010Roadside Attractions
5In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,43656%3--$2,479$18,8541FilmDistrict
6Drive (2011)$4,05859%26-30$156$34,787,20415FilmDistrict
7Like Crazy$3,313134%30-70$110$3,341,8679Paramount Vantage
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,84643%37-86$77$20,358,12010Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,303-80%490$47$14,876,31638Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$1,688-7%15-24$113$2,889,38310Fox Searchlight
1150/50$1,39167%31-80$45$35,003,81213Summit
12The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,243-91%20-5$62$624,3465Warner Bros.