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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$5,764,659-44%3,078--$1,873$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$4,197,728-51%2,512--$1,671$18,782,1541Fox
3Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,610,231-35%2,6250$994$33,588,0562Disney
4Contraband$2,525,600-57%2,8707$880$45,937,5252Universal
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,114,402-56%2,6302624$804$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
6Haywire$1,739,896-54%2,439--$713$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$1,423,503-50%2,7350$520$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,150,805-60%2,519-827$457$197,363,4416Paramount
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$960,479-38%2,070-779$464$124,682,2056Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$944,773-59%2,485-670$380$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
11The Iron Lady$916,104-47%1,076274$851$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
12The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$767,350-56%1,907-767$402$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
13War Horse$730,466-53%2,525-331$289$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
14We Bought a Zoo$702,631-50%2,065-844$340$69,565,0255Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$672,193-38%1,340-733$502$72,321,0065Paramount
16The Devil Inside$560,757-55%2,207-344$254$51,289,9723Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$606,020-46%662446$915$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$521,817-56%560-100$932$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$376,818-58%731-155$515$18,328,9777Focus
4Hugo$276,810-40%650105$426$55,887,4029Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$127,451-38%331-34$385$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$100,319-45%292-24$344$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$90,568-46%283-15$320$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$85,985-43%225-175$382$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$76,270-49%370-338$206$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
10The Darkest Hour$42,173-53%301-881$140$21,074,6275Summit
11Tower Heist$37,400-59%220-40$170$77,821,29512Universal
12The Sitter$34,259-49%191-258$179$30,021,3117Fox
13Young Adult$32,231-53%150-237$215$16,075,4487Paramount
14Immortals$31,788-45%169-18$188$83,270,59511Relativity Media
15New Year's Eve$29,127-54%265-827$110$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
16Moneyball$10,575-66%110-18$96$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$67,489-36%9554$710$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,815-23%450$729$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$18,908-33%21-3$900$497,5794Focus
4Coriolanus$16,316-41%9--$1,813$61,1361Weinstein Company
5Courageous$14,907-36%90-26$166$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
6In Time$12,707-54%97-9$131$37,454,84413Fox
7Vettai$9,926-37%21-13$473$148,9382UTV Communications
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,699-34%14-4$550$201,2255FilmDistrict
9J. Edgar$7,509-48%46-36$163$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
10Dolphin Tale$6,958-46%63-28$110$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$6,009-52%331$182$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$3,17321%14-6$227$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions