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, Jan. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$5,195,613-56%2,285--$2,274$33,732,5151Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,705,520-48%3,555100$1,324$169,568,9714Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$3,405,900-44%3,603-100$945$157,049,3824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,884,851-42%2,95036$978$76,900,6283Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,708,410-40%3,425-299$791$111,585,3674Fox
6War Horse$2,240,400-42%2,783236$805$56,904,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$2,124,550-44%3,1707$670$56,399,9063Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,987,791-33%3,006-81$661$62,008,0153Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$660,056-53%2,163-164$305$18,690,6053Summit
10New Year's Eve$620,700-56%1,864-361$333$51,868,1405Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Muppets$452,716-27%1,236-305$366$85,561,1957Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$368,896-45%1,058-353$349$278,415,7338Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,323,034-46%809752$1,635$10,129,6705Focus
2The Descendants$648,615-45%737-21$880$43,960,7008Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$489,488-32%843-108$581$52,630,9087Paramount
4Young Adult$318,989-44%830-157$384$14,747,8515Paramount
5The Artist$311,941-39%1725$1,814$7,097,6127Weinstein Company
6The Sitter$276,688-42%758-590$365$28,722,9945Fox
7My Week with Marilyn$233,692-35%584-46$400$10,458,3407Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$174,176-36%351-38$496$146,597,21511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Happy Feet Two$74,221-21%285-240$260$61,356,5968Warner Bros.
10Tower Heist$72,275-48%29542$245$77,198,42010Universal
11Courageous$46,708-28%19110$245$34,311,60915Sony / TriStar
12Jack and Jill$36,164-54%171-51$211$71,974,4939Sony / Columbia
13Moneyball$33,662-57%231-19$146$75,267,10516Sony / Columbia
14Arthur Christmas$30,451-24%280-1063$109$46,440,4917Sony / Columbia
15In Time$29,461-41%1329$223$37,238,31711Fox
16J. Edgar$28,878-42%152-303$190$36,862,1789Warner Bros.
17Dolphin Tale$27,336-40%149-39$183$72,165,81916Warner Bros.
18Immortals$25,335-29%128-100$198$82,851,9139Relativity Media
19The Ides of March$16,725-47%114-29$147$40,962,53414Sony / Columbia
20Footloose (2011)$16,438-53%131-51$125$51,780,53713Paramount
21A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$16,005-31%125-120$128$35,033,75910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$64,512-25%45-10$1,434$2,366,6696Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$54,237-29%51$10,847$520,6692Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$32,079-22%60$5,347$498,6693Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$30,754-32%117$2,796$233,4112Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$26,016-32%45-4$578$15,327,37040Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$14,970-32%305$499$34,911,58517FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$10,367-27%75$1,481$90,6813FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$7,721-47%301$257$5,300,73212Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$1,597-46%15-15$106$3,388,21011Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,421-4%32$474$122,01011Cinema Purgatorio