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 Thu, Mar. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$8,173,4002%4,137--$1,976$189,932,8381Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$1,926,0798%3,1210$617$78,052,6242Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,047,94510%3,677-92$285$181,547,8004Universal
4John Carter$436,6513%3,212-537$136$64,204,3393Disney
5Act of Valor$215,31710%2,219-546$97$66,743,4945Relativity Media
6Project X (2012)$191,3445%2,065-857$93$52,546,7764Warner Bros.
7A Thousand Words$160,4376%1,787-108$90$15,605,4813Paramount
8Safe House$133,0255%1,330-590$100$123,101,7307Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$122,1722%1,340-595$91$97,645,2077Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$103,04711%1,188-472$87$52,659,2896Fox
11The Vow$101,35120%1,258-917$81$123,143,2167Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$57,4447%1,202-922$48$12,195,8773Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$97,4188%47593$205$4,421,5992Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$86,1153%558-82$154$5,865,8753Roadside Attractions
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$66,3430%12462$535$1,896,9793CBS Films
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$59,8944%2540$236$2,014,0782Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$59,004-2%576-579$102$43,266,77318Weinstein Company
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$46,32414%621-395$75$34,131,8325Lionsgate
7The Iron Lady$36,0415%327-129$110$29,232,79313Weinstein Company
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$33,1767%248-38$134$132,143,49615Fox
9Hugo$28,422-3%283-100$100$73,558,56018Paramount
10Chronicle$25,00413%292-140$86$63,625,2008Fox
11The Descendants$18,41310%199-148$93$82,348,77619Fox Searchlight
12We Bought a Zoo$17,97313%155-33$116$75,171,29814Fox
13Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$16,7007%200-29$84$209,132,47215Paramount
14Wanderlust$16,3357%235-463$70$17,181,4505Universal
15The Grey$13,8472%204-15$68$51,413,7739Open Road
16Big Miracle$13,4409%224-12$60$20,017,9058Universal
17The Woman in Black$12,26518%180-125$68$53,792,9768CBS Films
18Red Tails$11,46613%131-21$88$49,643,57810Fox
19One For the Money$8,94816%15139$59$26,333,1619Lionsgate
20Gone$6,4463%183-293$35$11,552,6375Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$29,55512%400$739$17,560,28851Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Being Flynn$8,525-7%73-15$117$437,7574Focus
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,66819%74-82$104$43,247,4077Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,53410%86-39$88$186,792,89315Warner Bros.
5Albert Nobbs$4,712-16%44-4$107$2,913,9969Roadside Attractions
6Undefeated$4,30632%17-4$253$392,5486Weinstein Company
7Seeking Justice$3,984-5%74-157$54$406,9482Anchor Bay Films
8Coriolanus$3,038-2%19-2$160$581,40010Weinstein Company
9Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,0297%50-55$61$31,847,88114Warner Bros.
10W.E.$2,5979%18-2$144$471,6438Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$2,38930%44-6$54$14,590,15318Weinstein Company