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 Mon, Jan. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$2,110,492-63%3,078--$686$27,417,2171Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$1,345,587-68%2,512--$536$20,127,7411Fox
3Contraband$1,018,850-60%2,8707$355$46,956,3752Universal
4Haywire$728,968-58%2,439--$299$9,154,3381Relativity Media
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$694,213-67%2,6302624$264$11,431,4525Warner Bros.
6Beauty and the Beast 3D$595,377-77%2,6250$227$34,183,4332Disney
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$436,690-62%2,519-827$173$197,800,1316Paramount
8Joyful Noise$408,418-71%2,7350$149$22,153,8372Warner Bros.
9The Iron Lady$367,581-60%1,076274$342$12,953,5394Weinstein Company
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$346,085-63%2,485-670$139$178,667,8116Warner Bros.
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$330,701-57%1,907-767$173$94,884,2835Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$281,333-61%2,525-331$111$72,566,5135Disney / DreamWorks
13The Devil Inside$195,101-65%2,207-344$88$51,485,0733Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,834-80%2,070-779$94$124,876,0396Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$188,465-73%2,065-844$91$69,753,4905Fox
16The Adventures of Tintin$170,510-75%1,340-733$127$72,491,5165Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$246,040-59%662446$372$12,365,7589Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$193,349-63%560-100$345$51,453,00710Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$154,598-59%731-155$211$18,483,5757Focus
4Hugo$78,551-72%650105$121$55,965,9539Paramount
5My Week with Marilyn$32,865-62%225-175$146$12,099,3269Weinstein Company
6Happy Feet Two$26,840-79%331-34$81$62,624,20210Warner Bros.
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$25,981-66%370-338$70$280,288,43810Lionsgate / Summit
8Puss in Boots (2011)$22,702-77%292-24$78$147,744,77713Paramount / DreamWorks
9Immortals$14,502-54%169-18$86$83,285,09711Relativity Media
10The Sitter$14,076-59%191-258$74$30,035,3877Fox
11The Darkest Hour$13,405-68%301-881$45$21,088,0325Summit
12Young Adult$13,246-59%150-237$88$16,088,6947Paramount
13Tower Heist$13,195-65%220-40$60$77,834,49012Universal
14New Year's Eve$9,486-67%265-827$36$54,194,9597Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$30,708-54%9554$323$3,013,9068Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,528-53%450$345$15,678,10242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$7,525-54%9--$836$68,6611Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$6,737-64%21-3$321$504,3164Focus
5In Time$4,887-62%97-9$50$37,459,73113Fox
6Margin Call$3,70717%14-6$265$5,347,81114Roadside Attractions
7J. Edgar$3,606-52%46-36$78$37,040,52111Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$3,076-49%331$93$35,013,54019FilmDistrict
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,937-62%14-4$210$204,1625FilmDistrict
10Dolphin Tale$2,202-68%63-28$35$72,281,89218Warner Bros.
11Vettai$1,667-83%21-13$79$150,6052UTV Communications