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, Apr. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,143,217-43%4,1370$1,002$306,593,9393Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,282,285-52%3,192--$715$23,796,3651Universal
3Titanic 3D$2,201,712-37%2,674--$823$27,847,6471Paramount
4Mirror Mirror$1,831,462-28%3,61815$506$38,405,4842Relativity Media
5Wrath of the Titans$1,701,528-53%3,5450$480$60,315,7402Warner Bros.
621 Jump Street$1,241,867-51%3,009-139$413$110,655,6304Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,006,005-6%3,003-261$335$199,210,3806Universal
8John Carter$121,261-42%1,015-1382$119$68,104,9135Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$116,789-53%52441$223$4,773,2185CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$116,036-12%651-257$178$99,503,9879Warner Bros. / New Line
3A Thousand Words$60,350-51%507-500$119$17,482,6535Paramount
4Act of Valor$58,729-52%708-531$83$68,823,0397Relativity Media
5Safe House$53,020-59%482-247$110$124,799,1709Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$47,058-58%447-66$105$3,447,1784Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$46,558-44%444-459$105$54,107,8266Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,288-35%479-35$88$123,964,4689Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$31,429-62%283-156$111$5,527,8464Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$28,611-44%321-254$89$53,505,7908Fox
11Friends With Kids$26,673-52%207-99$129$6,754,9255Roadside Attractions
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,8107%195-27$132$132,669,90217Fox
13The Artist$24,547-50%222-93$111$43,873,44720Weinstein Company
14The Iron Lady$20,930-35%236-48$89$29,670,78615Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,452-54%204-117$90$34,683,0847Lionsgate
16Chronicle$16,553-46%162-36$102$63,968,22110Fox
17Silent House (2012)$12,373-56%214-111$58$12,567,6035Open Road
18Hugo$11,250-40%101-73$111$73,831,34420Paramount
19The Woman in Black$8,986-51%159-20$57$54,116,35110CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,330-33%102-48$82$209,373,25117Paramount
21Gone$7,753-40%12160$64$11,660,8767Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$33,23949%400$831$17,925,28853Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,739-42%61$1,957$245,9032Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$11,7192%99-37$118$75,418,69416Fox
4The Descendants$6,390-40%78-40$82$82,530,19921Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,977-30%4515$133$43,326,3889Fox
6The Grey$3,691-45%67-137$55$51,537,29911Open Road
7Being Flynn$3,125-52%33-7$95$529,4476Focus
8Coriolanus$3,119-52%171$183$637,39112Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,058-40%55-46$56$49,762,68212Fox
10W.E.$2,752-35%210$131$521,91710Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,425-32%49-53$49$26,407,17811Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,339-55%15-1$156$462,5348Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,132-20%301$71$2,964,60711Roadside Attractions