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 Sun, Apr. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$5,376,041-42%3,916-221$1,373$336,666,3634Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$4,405,893-37%3,477--$1,267$17,010,1251Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$3,486,541-39%2,811--$1,240$14,743,6141Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$3,397,160-35%2,69723$1,260$44,723,8192Paramount
5American Reunion$2,642,475-40%3,20311$825$39,712,5352Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$1,934,341-36%3,102-443$624$71,252,0053Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$1,807,412-40%3,206-412$564$49,316,1853Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$1,642,789-43%2,735-274$601$120,323,6815Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$1,519,081-39%2,308--$658$6,231,8361Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$865,330-34%2,112-891$410$204,513,9157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$214,783-49%435-89$494$6,064,9376CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$211,463-34%502-149$421$100,463,52410Warner Bros. / New Line
3Bully (2012)$162,628-23%158152$1,029$814,6353Weinstein Company
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$157,223-41%102--$1,541$641,5421Code Black Entertainment
5John Carter$96,131-38%446-569$216$68,747,8696Disney
6Safe House$76,055-53%371-111$205$125,276,75510Universal
7Act of Valor$64,967-44%352-356$185$69,257,4748Relativity Media
8Blue Like Jazz$59,613-37%136--$438$261,1901Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$55,753-49%335-144$166$124,333,56810Sony / Screen Gems
10Jeff Who Lives at Home$52,002-47%183-264$284$3,822,9615Paramount Vantage
11This Means War$48,918-56%283-38$173$53,830,8629Fox
12A Thousand Words$48,497-50%277-230$175$17,827,6986Paramount
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,354-39%216-61$201$51,367,4149Sony / Columbia
14Chronicle$37,085-44%1653$225$64,166,01911Fox
15Casa de mi Padre$30,895-15%121-162$255$5,703,1585Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Friends With Kids$29,869-50%113-94$264$6,970,1646Roadside Attractions
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$27,904-37%153-42$182$132,829,38918Fox
18The Artist$25,940-45%121-101$214$44,048,63321Weinstein Company
19The Iron Lady$23,046-48%146-90$158$29,837,30716Weinstein Company
20Project X (2012)$21,106-54%145-299$146$54,331,2437Warner Bros.
21Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$17,238-51%125-79$138$34,798,0558Lionsgate
22The Woman in Black$15,982-47%122-37$131$54,212,64311CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$23,291-39%400$582$18,148,88254Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Touchback$16,060-45%50--$321$66,9931Anchor Bay Films
3Silent House (2012)$12,523-57%59-155$212$12,666,4816Open Road
4We Bought a Zoo$11,043-48%83-16$133$75,498,09717Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,637-38%33-12$231$43,369,47810Fox
6Red Tails$6,444-41%43-12$150$49,798,19613Fox
7The Grey$5,618-48%13-54$432$51,571,84612Open Road
8Coriolanus$5,187-47%181$288$665,67613Weinstein Company
9Albert Nobbs$4,756116%12-18$396$2,980,18712Roadside Attractions
10W.E.$4,745-27%17-4$279$546,21611Weinstein Company
11The Descendants$4,651-51%41-37$113$82,570,65322Fox Searchlight
12Undefeated$3,624-57%172$213$487,7519Weinstein Company