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, Mar. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,674,9105%3,729--$985$77,377,7301Universal
2Project X (2012)$2,235,1585%3,055--$732$25,405,7341Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$1,142,80211%3,05314$374$47,283,7672Relativity Media
4Safe House$700,85017%2,553-499$275$109,654,9654Universal
5The Vow$601,48238%2,826-212$213$112,660,1914Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$554,28247%3,060-290$181$86,165,2724Warner Bros. / New Line
7This Means War$505,72831%2,342-847$216$42,291,7483Fox
8Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$503,4315%2,1320$236$26,775,1282Lionsgate
9Wanderlust$419,49036%2,0020$210$13,213,4702Universal
10The Artist$395,09031%1,756790$225$37,511,66415Weinstein Company
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$372,07819%2,487-687$150$45,510,1743Sony / Columbia
12Gone$284,39946%2,1860$130$9,429,2712Summit
13Chronicle$140,7527%1,054-743$134$61,119,4125Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$109,44514%1,431-91$76$16,958,3493Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$109,47825%694-195$158$80,589,27416Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$107,95926%406-95$266$71,494,15915Paramount
3The Iron Lady$107,47344%511-11$210$27,189,14710Weinstein Company
4The Woman in Black$82,22011%812-915$101$52,397,7975CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$72,6283%731-887$99$42,361,8084Fox
6The Grey$28,51613%308-609$93$50,786,2626Open Road
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$26,72227%3143$85$130,851,99712Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$25,39320%266-67$95$186,317,97512Warner Bros.
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$23,59328%126-38$187$23,707,44513Focus
10Big Miracle$23,16528%359-269$65$19,403,4105Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$22,77229%30323$75$31,556,82911Warner Bros.
12The Adventures of Tintin$22,03031%215-57$102$77,205,97511Paramount
13We Bought a Zoo$21,30727%266-14$80$74,444,93111Fox
14Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,11139%107-71$179$208,052,51312Paramount
15My Week with Marilyn$18,40436%120-282$153$14,372,52015Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$16,78118%249-240$67$49,054,7217Fox
17Contraband$13,99026%148-49$95$66,387,1558Universal
18Joyful Noise$11,98741%202-75$59$30,789,6288Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$6,37729%117-112$55$26,072,0886Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,9962%400$475$16,830,54248Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$13,221107%138$1,017$183,6613Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$8,09028%68-32$119$2,737,4766Roadside Attractions
4W.E.$5,6257%194$296$338,4135Weinstein Company
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$4,288146%26-22$165$161,2792UTV Communications
6Coriolanus$4,26835%146$305$417,7037Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$4,18316%850$49$64,000,10616Warner Bros.
8Shame$4,15947%22-3$189$3,863,49914Fox Searchlight
9Being Flynn$3,82110%4--$955$51,2711Focus
10Paan Singh Tomar$1,31747%10--$132$22,7811UTV Communications
11Pariah (2011)$1,2328%130$95$732,73010Focus
12Haywire$1,13616%32-5$36$18,855,0707Relativity Media
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$75077%25-10$30$1,151,3044UTV Communications
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$64417%84$81$302,50111FilmDistrict
15The Devil Inside$203-41%17-8$12$53,202,2609Paramount