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 Sat, May. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$69,557,990-14%4,349--$15,994$150,371,9751Disney
2Think Like a Man$3,299,97624%2,010-5$1,642$70,999,6203Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,457,54686%3,3580$732$16,944,1392Sony / Columbia
4The Hunger Games$2,426,87749%2,794-778$869$379,083,9217Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$2,211,36014%3,005-170$736$46,564,1413Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$2,043,99522%2,9415$695$17,824,2702Universal
7The Raven$1,047,75623%2,2096$474$11,436,9012Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,004,31943%1,531-36$656$22,324,8893Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$1,003,14218%2,2715$442$12,253,6122Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$800,36368%2,174-931$368$39,114,6834Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$617,86720%1,669-970$370$37,587,5584Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$444,63223%1,040-780$428$133,740,4878Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$342,40023%856-1298$400$55,104,2005Universal
2Mirror Mirror$326,01872%922-1095$354$59,943,9596Relativity Media
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$195,37583%521-362$375$208,909,82510Universal
4Wrath of the Titans$184,31427%715-857$258$81,488,9656Warner Bros.
5Titanic 3D$147,09353%333-1076$442$57,168,4465Paramount
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$127,94070%303-98$422$102,189,42713Warner Bros. / New Line
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,09169%247-88$510$8,159,5129CBS Films
8Lockout$92,65612%311-948$298$13,849,9464Open Road
9Bully (2012)$60,592-1%2630$230$2,488,9136Weinstein Company
10Safe House$48,12549%175-54$275$125,994,65013Universal
11This Means War$37,16030%171-61$217$54,466,49412Fox
12A Thousand Words$35,19565%140-29$251$18,165,1769Paramount
13The Vow$34,03537%157-61$217$124,918,66313Sony / Screen Gems
14Act of Valor$30,15128%193-92$156$69,804,29011Relativity Media
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$26,37143%143104$184$34,924,50411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$312,24758%27--$11,565$509,3011Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$70,1825%500$1,404$973,8463Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$43,44867%95-32$457$51,756,92212Sony / Columbia
4Sound of My Voice$23,51737%2823$840$89,9102Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$21,520-34%340$633$18,624,57357Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Beautiful Soul$16,7492%20--$837$33,1051Tyscot Manhaddon Films
7Chronicle$13,20545%78-43$169$64,463,06314Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$12,713185%75-36$170$133,022,55321Fox
9Project X (2012)$12,56937%72-83$175$54,689,28110Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$11,55542%30-37$385$1,129,2394Code Black Entertainment
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$11,49634%47-32$245$4,183,7628Paramount Vantage
12Casa de mi Padre$11,03227%6832$162$5,838,7268Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$6,94226%34-19$204$7,181,7059Roadside Attractions
14The Artist$6,30452%41-9$154$44,237,94524Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$6,29098%38-14$166$75,604,35420Fox
16Coriolanus$5,34832%184$297$724,07416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$4,23435%20-26$212$575,2194Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$3,36862%12-16$281$195,2394Anchor Bay Films
19Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,23542%17-10$190$43,444,62613Fox
20Undefeated$2,47413%13-7$190$529,13512Weinstein Company
21Red Tails$1,99130%12-11$166$49,857,50216Fox
22W.E.$1,242238%6-4$207$581,02014Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$78651%5-11$157$3,012,51115Roadside Attractions