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 Mon, Jan. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$1,396,343-73%2,285--$611$35,128,8581Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,288,711-73%3,555100$363$170,857,6824Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,052,341-69%3,603-100$292$158,101,7234Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$942,168-67%2,95036$319$77,842,7963Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$673,361-70%2,783236$242$57,578,0433Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$463,240-78%3,1707$146$56,863,1463Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$400,367-80%3,006-81$133$62,408,3823Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$374,916-86%3,425-299$109$111,960,2834Fox
9The Darkest Hour$186,360-72%2,163-164$86$18,876,9653Summit
10New Year's Eve$174,182-72%1,864-361$93$52,042,3225Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$108,121-71%1,058-353$102$278,523,8548Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,511-85%1,236-305$55$85,629,7067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$401,754-70%809752$497$10,531,4245Focus
2The Descendants$191,765-70%737-21$260$44,152,4658Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$114,208-64%830-157$138$14,862,0595Paramount
4Hugo$106,822-78%843-108$127$52,737,7307Paramount
5The Artist$102,610-67%1725$597$7,200,2227Weinstein Company
6The Sitter$99,640-64%758-590$131$28,822,6345Fox
7My Week with Marilyn$82,959-65%584-46$142$10,541,2997Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$35,320-80%351-38$101$146,632,53511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,600-67%29542$80$77,222,02010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$13,360-82%285-240$47$61,369,9568Warner Bros.
11J. Edgar$11,552-60%152-303$76$36,873,7309Warner Bros.
12In Time$10,579-64%1329$80$37,248,89611Fox
13Immortals$10,070-60%128-100$79$82,861,9839Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,883-57%125-120$55$35,040,64210Warner Bros. / New Line
15Arthur Christmas$6,504-79%280-1063$23$46,446,9957Sony / Columbia
16Dolphin Tale$5,194-81%149-39$35$72,171,01316Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$4,617-72%131-51$35$51,785,15413Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$24,754-62%45-10$550$2,391,4236Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$15,200-72%51$3,040$535,8692Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,214-53%45-4$271$15,339,58440Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,069-69%60$1,678$508,7383Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$7,724-75%117$702$241,1352Focus
6Drive (2011)$5,131-66%305$171$34,916,71617FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,694-64%75$528$94,3753FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,518-67%301$84$5,303,25012Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$982-39%15-15$65$3,389,19211Paramount Vantage
10Inni$137-90%10$137$122,14711Cinema Purgatorio