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 Tue, Apr. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$2,623,742-5%2,015--$1,302$39,022,6721Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,868,35529%3,155--$592$25,835,1661Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$1,143,34913%3,752-164$305$359,219,0195Lionsgate
4The Cabin in the Woods$870,70120%2,8110$310$28,839,9772Lionsgate
5Chimpanzee$821,5029%1,563--$526$12,247,4031Disneynature
6American Reunion$636,93031%3,033-170$210$49,640,2803Universal
7The Three Stooges$549,34320%3,4825$158$30,926,1612Fox
821 Jump Street$492,04621%2,427-308$203$128,114,4346Sony / Columbia
9Titanic 3D$431,61818%2,515-182$172$53,658,9503Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$372,23917%2,502-600$149$77,924,3864Warner Bros.
11Lockout$350,74523%2,33527$150$11,854,5662Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$326,70128%2,938-268$111$56,082,2294Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$118,7257%1,583-529$75$207,382,5758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$71,66826%44611$161$7,205,9347CBS Films
2Bully (2012)$69,32035%263105$264$1,658,2134Weinstein Company
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,94031%444-58$88$101,307,65311Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$22,57515%301-70$75$125,649,42011Universal
5Project X (2012)$17,91115%258113$69$54,527,4158Warner Bros.
6This Means War$17,50224%29310$60$54,142,61710Fox
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$16,2565%1064$153$968,3152Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$14,64530%122-61$120$4,055,5816Paramount Vantage
9Act of Valor$13,36316%229-123$58$69,497,3949Relativity Media
10The Iron Lady$12,11942%102-44$119$29,980,10117Weinstein Company
11Blue Like Jazz$11,3728%126-10$90$489,9772Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,5735%137-28$63$64,323,54312Fox
13A Thousand Words$5,01519%168-109$30$17,946,1257Paramount
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,492-1%135-18$33$132,932,54919Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,28619%50--$806$344,2471Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,95860%32-8$686$18,366,45655Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$10,34053%83-30$125$7,107,0757Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$7,69333%86-35$89$44,167,98722Weinstein Company
5Silent House (2012)$4,20134%590$71$12,733,8997Open Road
6Casa de mi Padre$4,014-2%58-63$69$5,783,0526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Woman in Black$3,71411%90-32$41$54,286,75612CBS Films
8Touchback$3,541-13%6919$51$149,0892Anchor Bay Films
9We Bought a Zoo$3,015-1%66-17$46$75,554,29218Fox
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,72947%32-1$85$43,406,68311Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,1136%81-44$26$34,857,6099Lionsgate
12Red Tails$2,06443%39-4$53$49,829,23114Fox
13W.E.$1,51246%15-2$101$567,23412Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,308-8%14-4$93$688,88114Weinstein Company
15Albert Nobbs$1,02383%153$68$2,999,81813Roadside Attractions
16Undefeated$7862%170$46$506,50610Weinstein Company