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 Sat, Feb. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$10,145,00818%2,907--$3,490$18,745,1911Fox
2The Woman in Black$9,606,66815%2,855--$3,365$17,939,1621CBS Films
3The Grey$4,833,81157%3,20722$1,507$33,159,7222Open Road
4Big Miracle$3,928,00573%2,129--$1,845$6,195,3901Universal
5Underworld Awakening$2,725,54160%2,636-442$1,034$53,183,9483Sony / Screen Gems
6Red Tails$2,577,50073%2,347-226$1,098$40,392,7393Fox
7One For the Money$2,573,15649%2,7370$940$18,713,1002Lionsgate
8The Descendants$2,396,07468%2,03837$1,176$64,744,44212Fox Searchlight
9Man on a Ledge$2,227,97448%2,9980$743$13,994,3452Lionsgate
10Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,988,18165%2,505-125$794$26,060,9947Warner Bros.
11Contraband$1,811,59561%2,047-603$885$61,550,7454Universal
12The Artist$1,352,03378%1,005108$1,345$20,131,63611Weinstein Company
13Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,338,682122%1,719-426$779$44,269,6844Disney
14Hugo$1,210,093118%1,03065$1,175$61,405,37911Paramount
15The Iron Lady$953,58268%1,021-223$934$20,277,9496Weinstein Company
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$926,21876%1,077-577$860$204,949,3758Paramount
17Joyful Noise$759,20982%1,350-671$562$28,682,2434Warner Bros.
18Haywire$608,37053%1,251-1190$486$17,650,7493Relativity Media
19War Horse$499,53769%1,163-698$430$77,129,9037Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$572,309195%818-252$700$128,069,6188Fox
2The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$560,87677%668-534$840$99,758,7047Sony / Columbia
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$535,13461%857-673$624$183,726,3618Warner Bros.
4We Bought a Zoo$393,40399%754-335$522$72,574,3227Fox
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$367,42795%302-108$1,217$21,070,3519Focus
6The Adventures of Tintin$359,958107%486-216$741$75,148,1397Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$233,27769%2450$952$1,409,2882Roadside Attractions
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$137,34164%296105$464$280,817,76512Lionsgate / Summit
9Happy Feet Two$136,367122%255-54$535$63,367,60312Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$132,42278%171-15$774$12,957,96211Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$132,241132%253-17$523$148,398,45815Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$106,82197%222-31$481$73,579,87813Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$75,73442%303-419$250$53,031,1145Paramount
14New Year's Eve$54,15346%222160$244$54,365,8429Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$36,18865%126-19$287$30,305,3139Fox
16J. Edgar$19,77536%135-73$146$37,251,75413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$49,57756%64-16$775$3,442,99910Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$46,62494%450$1,036$15,972,52544Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$22,44985%142$1,604$202,4163Weinstein Company
4W.E.$21,35144%4--$5,338$36,1591Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$17,57767%195$925$614,1576Focus
6Immortals$16,03287%62-55$259$83,448,57413Relativity Media
7The Darkest Hour$10,15979%39-48$260$21,200,0587Summit
8Young Adult$9,93149%58-29$171$16,230,9489Paramount
9In the Land of Blood and Honey$8,30916%7-4$1,187$247,3387FilmDistrict
10Drive (2011)$5,61213%22-1$255$35,053,53621FilmDistrict
11Vettai$4,48489%4-3$1,121$189,0434UTV Communications