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 Mon, Mar. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$10,823,788-69%4,137--$2,616$163,359,5351Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,917,239-66%3,1210$614$72,139,7542Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,175-75%3,677-92$275$178,423,2304Universal
4John Carter$424,500-71%3,212-537$132$62,831,7123Disney
5Project X (2012)$203,124-59%2,065-857$98$51,936,6084Warner Bros.
6Act of Valor$196,386-65%2,219-546$89$66,117,4725Relativity Media
7A Thousand Words$153,002-71%1,787-108$86$15,103,3243Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$121,108-71%1,340-595$90$97,260,6097Warner Bros. / New Line
9Safe House$119,700-66%1,330-590$90$122,702,0507Universal
10This Means War$89,544-58%1,188-472$75$52,360,2626Fox
11The Vow$81,929-56%1,258-917$65$122,858,2797Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$58,103-59%1,202-922$48$12,020,8343Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$102,781-74%47593$216$4,132,9762Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$70,825-66%558-82$127$5,590,3483Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$59,938-69%12462$483$1,688,7403CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$53,305-66%2540$210$1,827,5722Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$46,439-65%576-579$81$43,084,30918Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$44,426-78%621-395$72$33,997,0155Lionsgate
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,721-61%248-38$116$132,046,03315Fox
8The Iron Lady$27,785-63%327-129$85$29,127,86413Weinstein Company
9Hugo$26,539-66%283-100$94$73,464,48618Paramount
10Chronicle$22,667-56%292-140$78$63,552,8058Fox
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$16,541-62%200-29$83$209,081,66015Paramount
12The Descendants$15,106-58%199-148$76$82,293,82319Fox Searchlight
13We Bought a Zoo$15,046-53%155-33$97$75,120,25914Fox
14Wanderlust$12,925-61%235-463$55$17,128,5755Universal
15The Grey$12,694-62%204-15$62$51,371,7529Open Road
16Big Miracle$12,320-63%224-12$55$19,978,5508Universal
17The Woman in Black$10,271-70%180-125$57$53,759,4808CBS Films
18Red Tails$8,341-60%131-21$64$49,608,97110Fox
19One For the Money$7,086-61%15139$47$26,307,9079Lionsgate
20Gone$5,142-66%183-293$28$11,532,4475Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,631-42%400$466$17,479,33251Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$7,175-69%73-15$98$410,0864Focus
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,711-61%74-82$91$43,226,8967Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,170-46%86-39$72$186,770,42815Warner Bros.
5Albert Nobbs$4,363-55%44-4$99$2,899,4319Roadside Attractions
6Seeking Justice$3,859-54%74-157$52$394,4302Anchor Bay Films
7Undefeated$2,982-63%17-4$175$381,9926Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$2,822-57%19-2$149$572,54410Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,813-47%50-55$56$31,839,55814Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,254-63%18-2$125$464,2728Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,711-60%44-6$39$14,583,38818Weinstein Company