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 Wed, Mar. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,010,041-25%3,121--$964$46,957,0721Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,357,125-16%3,76923$360$162,816,6353Universal
3John Carter$932,199-24%3,7490$249$56,471,3932Disney
4Project X (2012)$372,236-26%2,922-133$127$49,464,0473Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$342,925-13%2,765-186$124$63,547,7124Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$236,343-23%1,8955$125$12,769,8472Paramount
7Safe House$230,355-17%1,920-224$120$120,958,4906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$184,133-19%1,935-590$95$95,588,4966Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$182,137-21%2,175-303$84$121,748,7016Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$180,093-15%1,660-289$108$51,107,1415Fox
11Silent House (2012)$169,332-22%2,1240$80$11,166,9882Open Road
12The Artist$107,166-18%1,155-350$93$42,453,22917Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$83,815-17%1,016-500$82$33,013,5934Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,640-15%1,024-780$67$49,961,0925Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$127,472-16%382--$334$2,728,4301Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$127,251-17%640271$199$4,579,7322Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,623-18%254--$317$1,117,8301Paramount Vantage
4The Iron Lady$55,834-17%4569$122$28,789,84912Weinstein Company
5Wanderlust$52,505-28%698-522$75$16,922,2704Universal
6Hugo$44,882-23%38370$117$73,143,11417Paramount
7Chronicle$41,747-7%432-163$97$63,288,0507Fox
8The Descendants$32,665-19%347-170$94$82,099,70718Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$30,228-12%286-1$106$131,741,52114Fox
10Seeking Justice$27,558-12%231--$119$335,2871Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,126-18%2290$101$208,857,09214Paramount
12Gone$20,148-28%476-668$42$11,430,0624Summit
13The Woman in Black$18,577-14%305-128$61$53,533,5167CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$17,601-8%188-40$94$74,962,07513Fox
15The Grey$16,930-14%21968$77$51,223,0268Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,910-2%156-102$89$43,156,0176Fox
17Big Miracle$11,785-9%236-2$50$19,828,9907Universal
18Red Tails$10,883-15%152-26$72$49,513,4629Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$8,27815%123-30$67$77,585,00013Paramount
20Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,986-11%125-83$64$186,702,88914Warner Bros.
21One For the Money$7,485-13%11248$67$26,218,8968Lionsgate
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,6412%105-97$44$31,811,74713Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,810-26%6244$578$889,0482CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,809-26%400$520$17,325,48450Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$15,349-20%8876$174$314,2683Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$10,896-14%86-23$127$24,137,35815Focus
5Undefeated$5,201-2%218$248$346,7435Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$4,581-1%483$95$2,859,5628Roadside Attractions
7W.E.$3,9736%20-4$199$439,9277Weinstein Company
8The Devil Inside$3,941-8%7767$51$53,257,46511Paramount
9Coriolanus$3,836-18%212$183$543,3839Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$2,826-17%65-38$43$30,928,80710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$2,679-30%50-70$54$14,564,63617Weinstein Company
12Haywire$1,785-14%69-13$26$18,940,1709Relativity Media