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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$1,625,15312%3,185--$510$22,741,2841Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$1,071,83214%3,0780$348$46,991,3512Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$854,19823%2,737--$312$13,062,4261Lionsgate
4Red Tails$705,94011%2,57361$274$35,093,5722Fox
5Man on a Ledge$681,97727%2,998--$227$9,218,9831Lionsgate
6The Descendants$625,27329%2,0011441$312$59,811,94511Fox Searchlight
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$581,08933%2,6300$221$21,960,9986Warner Bros.
8Contraband$569,75016%2,650-220$215$57,633,8603Universal
9Haywire$411,02930%2,4412$168$16,007,9622Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$361,40135%1,244168$291$18,148,0815Weinstein Company
11Beauty and the Beast 3D$326,2496%2,145-480$152$41,744,2233Disney
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$256,84914%1,654-865$155$203,047,5837Paramount
13Joyful Noise$242,45127%2,021-714$120$27,109,6573Warner Bros.
14War Horse$200,65024%1,861-664$108$75,980,7066Disney / DreamWorks
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$183,89812%1,202-705$153$98,534,0326Sony / Columbia
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$176,24810%1,530-955$115$182,547,4737Warner Bros.
17We Bought a Zoo$77,89316%1,089-976$72$71,850,6996Fox
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$67,743-3%1,070-1000$63$127,179,4427Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$348,63422%897235$389$17,379,32910Weinstein Company
2Hugo$193,0085%965315$200$59,301,87410Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$103,72721%702-638$148$74,458,0616Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$97,71725%410-321$238$20,340,9398Focus
5Albert Nobbs$79,43318%245--$324$893,2011Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$57,20715%722-1485$79$52,796,9034Paramount
7My Week with Marilyn$44,76744%186-39$241$12,671,80810Weinstein Company
8Happy Feet Two$21,4284%309-22$69$63,130,74111Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$18,66714%270-22$69$148,174,84814Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$16,97729%208162$82$37,191,49412Warner Bros.
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$15,61915%191-179$82$280,565,33411Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$11,6281%145-46$80$30,224,0758Fox
13Tower Heist$10,44020%174-46$60$78,028,30513Universal
14Immortals$6,668-2%117-52$57$83,410,05912Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$22,79936%80-15$285$3,321,2929Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,65511%450$326$15,871,45743Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$6,74240%123$562$154,4512Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$5,87422%87-63$68$16,204,0668Paramount
5New Year's Eve$5,08296%62-203$82$54,268,0968Warner Bros. / New Line
6Pariah (2011)$3,9925%14-7$285$578,2075Focus
7The Darkest Hour$3,74936%87-214$43$21,177,7496Summit
8In Time$2,7992%58-39$48$37,514,38314Fox
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,60275%11-3$146$228,5636FilmDistrict
10Drive (2011)$1,55320%23-10$68$35,040,03220FilmDistrict