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. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$1,574,650-4%2,863--$550$33,897,9201Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$801,5983%2,625--$305$24,808,3801Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$743,5853%3,346-209$222$191,809,1875Paramount
4Joyful Noise$631,2185%2,735--$231$15,827,9821Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$570,899-1%2,674-276$214$91,025,0684Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$568,0075%3,155-448$180$173,806,2295Warner Bros.
7War Horse$499,770-2%2,85673$175$69,134,6784Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$381,1261%2,551266$149$48,621,1072Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$288,4365%2,909-261$99$66,781,5854Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$244,56313%2,073-933$118$70,102,1654Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$191,4949%2,849-576$67$121,606,0375Fox
12New Year's Eve$61,16612%1,092-772$56$54,048,6926Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Darkest Hour$56,429-3%1,182-981$48$20,891,5914Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$497,620-11%802797$620$8,901,6793Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$305,6611%660-77$463$48,887,3609Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$237,733-4%88677$268$16,565,5976Focus
4The Artist$177,864-4%21644$823$9,747,9158Weinstein Company
5Hugo$94,0673%545-298$173$54,949,7828Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$76,620-3%400-184$192$11,739,3578Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$56,47512%708-350$80$279,953,7399Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$43,9372%387-443$114$15,937,2356Paramount
9The Sitter$41,089-2%449-309$92$29,878,6636Fox
10The Muppets$26,7058%547-689$49$86,774,9618Disney
11Happy Feet Two$23,618-2%36580$65$62,170,0539Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$21,4669%316-35$68$147,366,98612Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$16,9200%260-35$65$77,643,09511Universal
14Immortals$15,777-8%18759$84$83,147,36010Relativity Media
15In Time$8,02525%106-26$76$37,397,21112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,1951%41-4$566$2,739,4007Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,841-3%450$263$15,562,17841Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,94916%60$1,825$691,9074Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,678-5%2413$445$432,6083Focus
5J. Edgar$6,2693%8-144$784$37,005,86210Warner Bros.
6In the Land of Blood and Honey$5,56724%1811$309$175,5324FilmDistrict
7Drive (2011)$3,978-1%322$124$34,983,92118FilmDistrict
8Vettai$3,76124%34--$111$114,5411UTV Communications
9Dolphin Tale$2,3256%91-58$26$72,254,79717Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$1,9187%20-10$96$5,335,95613Roadside Attractions