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 Fri, Feb. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$8,600,183--2,907--$2,958$8,600,1831Fox
2The Woman in Black$8,332,494--2,855--$2,919$8,332,4941CBS Films
3The Grey$3,069,378143%3,20722$957$28,325,9112Open Road
4Big Miracle$2,267,385--2,129--$1,065$2,267,3851Universal
5One For the Money$1,721,957154%2,7370$629$16,139,9442Lionsgate
6Underworld Awakening$1,705,48695%2,636-442$647$50,458,4073Sony / Screen Gems
7Man on a Ledge$1,501,597183%2,9980$501$11,766,3712Lionsgate
8Red Tails$1,491,781142%2,347-226$636$37,815,2393Fox
9The Descendants$1,425,716156%2,03837$700$62,348,36812Fox Searchlight
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,205,137160%2,505-125$481$24,072,8137Warner Bros.
11Contraband$1,125,850130%2,047-603$550$59,739,1504Universal
12The Artist$760,359135%1,005108$757$18,779,60311Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$602,202104%1,719-426$350$42,931,0024Disney
14The Iron Lady$567,01885%1,021-223$555$19,324,3676Weinstein Company
15Hugo$556,247225%1,03065$540$60,195,28611Paramount
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$525,295125%1,077-577$488$204,023,1578Paramount
17Joyful Noise$417,806100%1,350-671$309$27,923,0344Warner Bros.
18Haywire$397,47523%1,251-1190$318$17,042,3793Relativity Media
19War Horse$294,85960%1,163-698$254$76,630,3667Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$332,109106%857-673$388$183,191,2278Warner Bros.
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$316,36378%668-534$474$99,197,8287Sony / Columbia
3We Bought a Zoo$197,348189%754-335$262$72,180,9197Fox
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$193,884208%818-252$237$127,497,3098Fox
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$188,232109%302-108$623$20,702,9249Focus
6The Adventures of Tintin$174,042126%486-216$358$74,788,1817Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$138,06892%2450$564$1,176,0112Roadside Attractions
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$83,714405%296105$283$280,680,42412Lionsgate / Summit
9My Week with Marilyn$74,38283%171-15$435$12,825,54011Weinstein Company
10Happy Feet Two$61,473205%255-54$241$63,231,23612Warner Bros.
11Puss in Boots (2011)$56,953228%253-17$225$148,266,21715Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$54,204--222-31$244$73,473,05713Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$53,5220%303-419$177$52,955,3805Paramount
14New Year's Eve$36,983910%222160$167$54,311,6899Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$21,92179%126-19$174$30,269,1259Fox
16J. Edgar$14,53411%135-73$108$37,231,97913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$31,81550%64-16$497$3,393,42210Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,01763%450$534$15,925,90144Warner Bros. / IMAX
3W.E.$14,808--4--$3,702$14,8081Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$12,14679%142$868$179,9673Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$10,499156%195$553$596,5806Focus
6Immortals$8,55917%62-55$138$83,432,54213Relativity Media
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,184261%7-4$1,026$239,0297FilmDistrict
8Young Adult$6,64433%58-29$115$16,221,0179Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$5,68968%39-48$146$21,189,8997Summit
10Drive (2011)$4,987284%22-1$227$35,047,92421FilmDistrict
11Vettai$2,373--4-3$593$184,5594UTV Communications
12Margin Call$609--21$305$5,352,55016Roadside Attractions