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 Sat, Dec. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,731,970-18%3,4557$2,527$122,347,3253Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,401,030-16%3,7030$1,729$124,051,6293Warner Bros.
3War Horse$5,625,33420%2,547--$2,209$36,352,1972Disney / DreamWorks
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,750,314-33%3,724-10$1,276$88,151,1963Fox
5We Bought a Zoo$4,501,719-7%3,16346$1,423$36,839,4532Fox
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,244,295-20%2,9140$1,457$50,338,6902Sony / Columbia
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,407,793-23%3,0870$1,104$43,852,0272Paramount
8New Year's Eve$2,285,8861%2,225-360$1,027$44,205,2544Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,041,303-37%2,327--$447$11,672,4842Summit
10The Muppets$823,487-25%1,541-211$534$81,795,2836Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$505,478-42%1,411-192$358$274,841,9547Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$313,423-52%1,348-438$233$25,610,9354Fox
13Arthur Christmas$204,158-34%1,343-461$152$45,650,3706Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,251,59814%758-55$1,651$38,375,0317Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$785,343-7%951-285$826$48,623,3656Paramount
3Young Adult$577,812-24%9870$585$11,306,8154Paramount
4The Artist$457,86513%1670$2,742$4,596,5796Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$294,584-5%63028$468$8,616,6456Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$209,759-32%3890$539$145,250,95010Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$119,673-26%525-10$228$60,692,3947Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$86,81810%4550$191$36,493,0518Warner Bros.
9Tower Heist$73,370-24%253-30$290$76,650,4209Universal
10Moneyball$61,537-22%2508$246$74,896,69515Sony / Columbia
11Jack and Jill$52,424-30%222-163$236$71,635,8888Sony / Columbia
12Dolphin Tale$46,291-29%1880$246$71,922,71615Warner Bros.
13Courageous$36,995-33%181-11$204$33,975,48614Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$25,767-44%2280$113$82,603,0088Relativity Media
15The Ides of March$23,306-25%143-2$163$40,796,11113Sony / Columbia
16Footloose (2011)$22,083-40%1820$121$51,551,63912Paramount
17In Time$20,600-41%123-8$167$37,012,13110Fox
18A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$18,487-51%2450$75$34,853,0569Warner Bros. / New Line
19Paranormal Activity 3$10,216-52%1240$82$103,971,38311Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$346,479-1%572$6,079$3,566,6344Focus
2The Iron Lady$65,517-15%4--$16,379$142,7521Weinstein Company
3Shame$45,216-37%555$822$1,882,4985Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,968-21%6--$4,828$267,9232Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$27,468-43%490$561$15,134,21239Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Pariah (2011)$11,559-37%4--$2,890$66,2221Focus
7Margin Call$8,77933%29-1$303$5,238,11911Roadside Attractions
8The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$7,886-48%16-4$493$704,8826Warner Bros.
9Drive (2011)$3,683-57%25-1$147$34,820,73116FilmDistrict
10Like Crazy$2,573-39%300$86$3,365,26710Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,035-34%2-1$1,018$44,7702FilmDistrict
12Inni$195-20%2--$98$117,40510Cinema Purgatorio