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 Thu, Jan. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,321,322-3%3,555100$372$175,246,7894Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,052,195-5%3,603-100$292$161,599,6444Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,002,549-7%2,95036$340$81,180,8493Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$863,014-9%2,285--$378$38,346,8471Paramount
5War Horse$760,594-10%2,783236$273$60,171,9633Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$477,123-6%3,1707$151$58,488,5343Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$368,558-5%3,006-81$123$63,705,2063Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$305,180-2%3,425-299$89$112,981,2884Fox
9New Year's Eve$187,094-2%1,864-361$100$52,654,1275Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$174,157-4%2,163-164$81$19,449,1743Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$107,256-5%1,058-353$101$278,869,6858Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$66,922-2%1,236-305$54$85,835,5287Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$437,424-6%809752$541$11,942,5405Focus
2The Descendants$259,332-11%737-21$352$45,004,1968Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$128,514-4%830-157$155$15,275,8275Paramount
4Hugo$127,5776%843-108$151$53,116,6557Paramount
5The Artist$125,482-8%1725$730$7,596,7797Weinstein Company
6My Week with Marilyn$102,388-8%584-46$175$10,873,7107Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$98,2730%758-590$130$29,137,2335Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$33,6174%351-38$96$146,737,12711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,5950%29542$80$77,297,30510Universal
10J. Edgar$13,800-15%152-303$91$36,919,2669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$12,844-15%285-240$45$61,414,1448Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,9644%1329$91$37,284,64311Fox
13Immortals$10,6794%128-100$83$82,895,2829Relativity Media
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,4004%125-120$51$35,061,03110Warner Bros. / New Line
15Footloose (2011)$5,97416%131-51$46$51,802,74213Paramount
16Dolphin Tale$5,3581%149-39$36$72,188,21616Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$4,512-29%280-1063$16$46,462,4697Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$28,5035%45-10$633$2,482,4236Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$18,0814%51$3,616$587,6212Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,35873%45-4$364$15,377,33340Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,1084%60$2,018$544,5163Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$10,043-2%117$913$272,3692Focus
6Drive (2011)$6,9626%305$232$34,937,38917FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,186-20%75$455$105,6433FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,4125%301$80$5,311,28012Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,1521%15-15$143$3,395,39111Paramount Vantage
10Inni$1,043167%2--$522$123,74211Cinema Purgatorio