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 Thu, Dec. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,246,568-3%3,4480$2,392$102,984,2072Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,522,184-1%3,683-43$1,771$76,359,3352Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,331,128-3%3,7030$1,710$110,022,3262Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,144,753-1%2,9140$1,422$40,760,3041Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,115,772-1%3,0870$1,333$36,038,9871Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,087,5011%3,117--$1,311$27,487,3171Fox
7War Horse$3,614,519-3%2,376--$1,521$26,029,0431Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,768,4654%2,225-826$795$39,665,0503Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,208,166-3%2,324--$520$8,974,7221Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,9430%1,536-323$661$79,867,2615Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$762,4691%1,411-411$540$273,469,7966Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$531,113-2%1,486-987$357$24,644,0613Fox
13Arthur Christmas$361,570-5%1,524-581$237$45,137,0675Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$825,6022%753-82$1,096$36,024,6466Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$745,3323%951-536$784$46,992,5925Paramount
3Young Adult$613,312-1%9871$621$9,969,1383Paramount
4The Artist$318,3115%167150$1,906$3,733,5745Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$278,5364%389-368$716$144,731,4289Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,1300%602358$401$8,010,3725Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$153,0085%525-235$291$60,411,1656Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$66,4395%4550$146$36,326,9817Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$63,8431%242-435$264$71,519,6217Sony / Columbia
10Dolphin Tale$61,0037%188-62$324$71,811,66614Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$59,6672%2420$247$74,756,44914Sony / Columbia
12Tower Heist$55,1852%283-135$195$76,480,9108Universal
13Courageous$46,005-1%1925$240$33,883,38913Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,2410%228-988$168$82,531,6297Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,0820%2450$139$34,796,5238Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$32,75710%182-71$180$51,556,15611Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,7267%1454$157$40,741,90112Sony / Columbia
18In Time$22,6852%112-161$203$36,956,6259Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$16,2655%124-82$131$103,939,69510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$244,3146%5539$4,442$2,870,2903Focus
2Shame$57,3541%500$1,147$1,765,5834Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$52,1835%490$1,065$15,058,27838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,571-7%6--$4,762$202,2741Warner Bros.
5The Way$16,69513%27--$618$4,117,80212Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,339-10%20-2$667$681,7315Warner Bros.
7Pariah (2011)$9,867-55%4--$2,467$31,6910Focus
8Margin Call$7,89217%30-91$263$5,222,72110Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,5538%26-30$214$34,808,52915FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,9562%3--$1,652$39,6631FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,7032%30-70$157$3,358,4679Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,960-11%37-86$107$20,374,48410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,16821%15-24$211$2,900,62510Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,51911%31-80$81$35,014,19213Summit
15Inni$21641%1--$216$117,0539Cinema Purgatorio