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 Fri, Apr. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$12,799,832100%4,1370$3,094$282,138,9973Lionsgate
2American Reunion$9,272,760--3,192--$2,905$9,272,7601Universal
3Titanic 3D$7,120,87595%2,674--$2,663$15,481,3571Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,403,236103%3,5450$1,524$49,285,3272Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$4,607,739112%3,61815$1,274$30,285,8412Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,631,87481%3,009-139$1,207$103,044,2564Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,252,25098%3,003-261$750$195,426,6006Universal
8John Carter$292,73219%1,015-1382$288$67,446,0795Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$323,032153%52441$616$3,987,0335CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$221,39587%651-257$340$99,070,0719Warner Bros. / New Line
3Safe House$216,900158%482-247$450$124,387,0529Universal
4Act of Valor$187,96828%708-531$265$68,421,1757Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$173,46335%507-500$342$17,117,3425Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$134,94774%447-66$302$3,116,8174Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$121,93017%444-459$275$53,856,7086Warner Bros.
8The Vow$112,438133%479-35$235$123,741,4199Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$92,472108%321-254$288$53,332,6208Fox
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$80,997--277-103$292$50,973,4308Sony / Columbia
11Casa de mi Padre$80,11242%283-156$283$5,309,0974Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$79,56570%207-101$384$6,582,6245Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$58,03784%222-93$261$43,724,52720Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,83933%195-27$291$132,572,77417Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$54,52091%204-117$267$34,559,9347Lionsgate
16Chronicle$43,086113%162-36$266$63,873,73910Fox
17Silent House (2012)$41,76893%214-111$195$12,481,8515Open Road
18The Iron Lady$41,25847%236-48$175$29,563,26315Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$40,374124%159-20$254$54,045,97710CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,73275%102-48$282$209,323,49417Paramount
21Hugo$25,64154%101-73$254$73,777,32420Paramount
22Gone$22,005506%12160$182$11,618,7047Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,28516%400$1,082$17,831,80753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,96576%61$4,494$187,3752Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$23,98021%99-37$242$75,373,56716Fox
4The Descendants$16,90756%78-40$217$82,493,47221Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,360561%4515$319$43,297,4309Fox
6Red Tails$9,67832%55-46$176$49,743,92212Fox
7Being Flynn$9,019134%33-7$273$504,3226Focus
8The Grey$8,623-12%67-137$129$51,515,66211Open Road
9Undefeated$7,95570%15-1$530$444,7818Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$7,720187%171$454$616,91912Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$5,8686%49-53$120$26,394,65711Lionsgate
12W.E.$5,62061%210$268$507,39510Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$4,064139%301$135$2,954,57011Roadside Attractions