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. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$6,403,525126%3,916-221$1,635$321,973,0644Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$5,621,382--3,477--$1,617$5,621,3821Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$5,540,858--2,811--$1,971$5,540,8581Lionsgate
4American Reunion$3,427,210121%3,20311$1,070$32,665,9352Universal
5Titanic 3D$3,336,941117%2,69723$1,237$36,130,5112Paramount
6Lockout$2,222,177--2,308--$963$2,222,1771Open Road
7Mirror Mirror$2,051,33471%3,206-412$640$44,519,5953Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$2,042,071112%2,735-274$747$115,806,8845Sony / Columbia
9Wrath of the Titans$1,946,15360%3,102-443$627$66,291,9493Warner Bros.
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$865,92028%2,112-891$410$202,328,5507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$254,86399%435-89$586$5,431,2546CBS Films
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$218,423--102--$2,141$218,4231Code Black Entertainment
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$189,460141%502-149$377$99,931,55710Warner Bros. / New Line
4Bully (2012)$160,8051399%158152$1,018$440,0073Weinstein Company
5Blue Like Jazz$106,528--136--$783$106,5281Roadside Attractions
6Safe House$100,170118%371-111$270$125,039,31510Universal
7John Carter$95,347-2%446-569$214$68,495,9086Disney
8This Means War$86,539237%283-38$306$53,671,3369Fox
9The Vow$79,95094%335-144$239$124,169,17710Sony / Screen Gems
10Act of Valor$75,46122%352-356$214$69,077,1768Relativity Media
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,99120%183-264$344$3,673,6355Paramount Vantage
12A Thousand Words$55,51320%277-230$200$17,683,0376Paramount
13Chronicle$51,208244%1653$310$64,062,81611Fox
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$39,907--216-61$185$51,253,4919Sony / Columbia
15Friends With Kids$36,98529%113-94$327$6,880,1136Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$34,366-5%145-299$237$54,264,4017Warner Bros.
17The Iron Lady$30,05430%146-90$206$29,769,89916Weinstein Company
18The Artist$27,3637%121-101$226$43,975,89821Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$24,983190%122-37$205$54,166,36111CBS Films
20Casa de mi Padre$24,970-7%121-162$206$5,635,8865Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,36114%153-42$153$132,756,98918Fox
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$20,95344%125-79$168$34,745,8118Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,91411%400$1,098$18,087,50854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$28,152190%59-155$477$12,624,8566Open Road
3Touchback$21,734--50--$435$21,7341Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$14,97444%83-16$180$75,465,87017Fox
5Red Tails$8,577151%43-12$199$49,780,82313Fox
6The Grey$7,06488%13-54$543$51,555,39712Open Road
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,00632%33-12$212$43,349,55710Fox
8The Descendants$6,54313%41-37$160$82,556,49322Fox Searchlight
9Coriolanus$5,651140%181$314$650,71813Weinstein Company
10Undefeated$5,425131%172$319$475,7109Weinstein Company
11W.E.$3,62313%17-4$213$534,95411Weinstein Company
12Albert Nobbs$1,010-62%12-18$84$2,973,22712Roadside Attractions