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 Thu, May. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$941,884-8%2,0150$467$65,029,4342Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$719,320-13%2,936--$245$14,103,9051Universal
3The Hunger Games$709,5430%3,572-180$199$375,026,9986Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$671,232-2%3,17520$211$42,406,9452Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$477,018-14%2,266--$211$10,403,7581Lionsgate
6The Raven$443,313-14%2,203--$201$9,539,3451Relativity Media
7Chimpanzee$443,28417%1,5674$283$20,617,4332Disneynature
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$431,757-7%3,358--$129$13,163,4591Sony / Columbia
9The Cabin in the Woods$349,176-13%2,639-172$132$36,453,9433Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$210,649-11%1,820-607$116$132,934,6837Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$204,630-14%2,154-879$95$54,483,6104Universal
12The Three Stooges$202,585-5%3,105-377$65$37,836,6823Fox
13Titanic 3D$157,6475%1,409-1106$112$56,925,1744Paramount
14Wrath of the Titans$129,111-13%1,572-930$82$81,159,6425Warner Bros.
15Mirror Mirror$127,627-1%2,017-921$63$59,428,2515Relativity Media
16Lockout$71,631-8%1,259-1076$57$13,674,9203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$83,75444%2630$318$2,366,8775Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,4223%335-111$142$7,958,9928CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$39,445-1%883-700$45$208,607,6459Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$23,6477%401-43$59$101,986,09512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$16,5011%28556$58$69,750,57610Relativity Media
6Safe House$13,685-8%229-72$60$125,914,15012Universal
7This Means War$12,2743%232-61$53$54,400,67711Fox
8A Thousand Words$8,7634%1691$52$18,108,6048Paramount
9Project X (2012)$7,118-2%155-103$46$54,667,5709Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,0633%121-16$50$64,440,77013Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,6704%111-24$33$133,005,38720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$55,15828%500$1,103$836,9392Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,5115%342$633$18,570,58656Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$6,70716%67-39$100$1,109,5563Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,2633%79-43$79$4,163,6757Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$4,3515%50-36$87$44,227,49523Weinstein Company
6Friends With Kids$4,1256%53-30$78$7,169,2378Roadside Attractions
7Blue Like Jazz$4,0365%46-80$88$567,8503Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$2,625-20%5--$525$49,2541Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$2,58410%63-27$41$54,333,29013CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,007-3%52-14$39$75,594,88819Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,00217%27-5$74$43,439,10912Fox
12Coriolanus$1,9476%140$139$714,67215Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$1,57611%203$79$524,46911Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$1,56126%23-16$68$49,853,97415Fox
15Touchback$1,514-14%28-41$54$189,7973Anchor Bay Films
16Casa de mi Padre$1,436-17%36-22$40$5,818,9947Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Silent House (2012)$950-5%22-37$43$12,754,7838Open Road
18W.E.$723-30%10-5$72$579,41113Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$718-12%39-42$18$34,879,71410Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$264-61%161$17$3,011,20414Roadside Attractions