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 Tue, Jan. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$2,175,880-48%2,863--$760$30,691,3601Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,017,038-77%2,625--$387$23,230,9601Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$892,445-65%3,346-209$267$190,341,0575Paramount
4Joyful Noise$793,451-69%2,735--$290$14,595,7591Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$666,026-51%2,674-276$249$89,879,6384Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$651,148-65%3,155-448$206$172,694,8635Warner Bros.
7War Horse$600,112-58%2,85673$210$68,122,6124Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$480,205-52%2,551266$188$47,861,9132Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$359,763-80%2,909-261$124$66,217,5284Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$310,251-80%2,073-933$150$69,640,2374Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$255,520-88%2,849-576$90$121,239,3815Fox
12The Darkest Hour$62,900-66%1,182-981$53$20,776,9234Summit
13New Year's Eve$62,462-65%1,092-772$57$53,933,0506Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$627,353-48%802797$782$7,843,4223Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$350,466-57%660-77$531$48,278,6489Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$272,361-59%88677$307$16,078,9546Focus
4The Artist$184,251-55%21644$853$9,385,4468Weinstein Company
5Hugo$100,773-80%545-298$185$54,764,0078Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$82,885-47%400-184$207$11,584,0408Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$51,589-67%708-350$73$279,846,7529Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$48,581-49%387-443$126$15,850,2916Paramount
9The Sitter$46,880-52%449-309$104$29,795,5616Fox
10Happy Feet Two$30,896-84%36580$85$62,122,3369Warner Bros.
11The Muppets$29,041-90%547-689$53$86,723,4728Disney
12Puss in Boots (2011)$26,083-83%316-35$83$147,325,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$20,785-58%260-35$80$77,609,29011Universal
14Immortals$20,018-42%18759$107$83,114,48010Relativity Media
15In Time$6,643-59%106-26$63$37,382,75112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,155-47%41-4$565$2,693,2727Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,816-70%450$285$15,538,09741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,513-64%60$1,586$671,5014Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$9,333-66%2413$389$410,6383Focus
5Vettai$7,672-37%34--$226$107,7451UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$6,893-43%82-70$84$36,993,50710Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,995-54%1811$278$165,4924FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,205-51%322$100$34,975,92218FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$2,504-87%91-58$28$72,250,27817Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$2,021-46%20-10$101$5,332,24113Roadside Attractions