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 Sun, Feb. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$3,258,907-68%2,907--$1,121$22,004,0981Fox
2The Woman in Black$2,934,910-69%2,855--$1,028$20,874,0721CBS Films
3Big Miracle$1,564,815-60%2,129--$735$7,760,2051Universal
4The Grey$1,397,810-71%3,20722$436$34,557,5322Open Road
5Underworld Awakening$1,069,717-61%2,636-442$406$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$911,166-65%2,7370$333$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7The Descendants$731,153-69%2,03837$359$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
8Red Tails$666,314-74%2,347-226$284$41,059,0533Fox
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$638,448-52%1,719-426$371$44,908,1324Disney
10Man on a Ledge$621,465-72%2,9980$207$14,615,8102Lionsgate
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$609,049-69%2,505-125$243$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
12Hugo$506,050-58%1,03065$491$61,911,42911Paramount
13The Artist$500,215-63%1,005108$498$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
14Contraband$470,810-74%2,047-603$230$62,021,5554Universal
15The Iron Lady$377,583-60%1,021-223$370$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Joyful Noise$282,215-63%1,350-671$209$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$251,401-73%1,077-577$233$205,200,7768Paramount
18Haywire$196,922-68%1,251-1190$157$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$166,384-67%1,163-698$143$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$282,187-51%818-252$345$128,351,8058Fox
2The Adventures of Tintin$175,180-51%486-216$360$75,323,3197Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,762-70%857-673$185$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
4We Bought a Zoo$147,119-63%754-335$195$72,721,4417Fox
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$145,119-74%668-534$217$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
6Albert Nobbs$119,417-49%2450$487$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$114,770-69%302-108$380$21,185,1219Focus
8Happy Feet Two$64,885-52%255-54$254$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$60,909-54%253-17$241$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$58,700-57%296105$198$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$47,899-64%171-15$280$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
12Jack and Jill$39,573-63%222-31$178$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$25,775-66%303-419$85$53,056,8895Paramount
14New Year's Eve$18,279-66%222160$82$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$14,882-59%126-19$118$30,320,1959Fox
16J. Edgar$6,886-65%135-73$51$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$23,692-49%450$526$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$22,397-55%64-16$350$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$10,915-49%4--$2,729$47,0741Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$9,920-56%142$709$212,3363Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$6,894-61%195$363$621,0516Focus
6Immortals$6,361-60%62-55$103$83,454,93513Relativity Media
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$5,463-34%7-4$780$252,8017FilmDistrict
8The Darkest Hour$3,706-64%39-48$95$21,203,7647Summit
9Young Adult$3,439-65%58-29$59$16,234,3879Paramount
10Vettai$2,821-37%4-3$705$191,8644UTV Communications
11Drive (2011)$1,373-76%22-1$62$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$293--21$147$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions