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 Wed, May. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$6,339,757-25%4,3490$1,458$395,813,0472Disney
2The Dictator$4,175,274--3,003--$1,390$4,175,2740Paramount
3Dark Shadows$1,841,116-29%3,755--$490$36,449,0531Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man$380,482-26%2,0177$189$82,810,0614Sony / Screen Gems
5The Hunger Games$376,509-19%2,531-263$149$388,246,7958Lionsgate
6The Lucky One (2012)$311,464-28%2,839-166$110$54,847,0074Warner Bros.
7The Five-Year Engagement$285,480-38%2,569-372$111$25,718,1353Universal
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$205,009-19%2,848-510$72$23,702,9523Sony / Columbia
9Chimpanzee$136,187-25%1,400-131$97$26,179,1604Disneynature
10The Raven$125,848-27%1,888-321$67$15,181,7223Relativity Media
11Safe (2012)$107,369-49%1,690-581$64$16,197,1833Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$84,206-35%1,029-640$82$40,086,4685Lionsgate
13The Three Stooges$53,417-24%1,027-1147$52$41,339,1775Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$321,998-7%178151$1,809$4,693,0682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$62,300-27%322--$193$1,623,8551Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$46,637-41%510-530$91$135,307,7329Sony / Columbia
4Bully (2012)$39,428-12%2630$150$2,981,8547Weinstein Company
5Mirror Mirror$37,738-13%607-315$62$61,110,4267Relativity Media
6American Reunion$36,210-42%521-335$70$56,190,5806Universal
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$34,920-4%455-66$77$209,699,75011Universal
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$19,836-17%200-47$99$8,607,80110CBS Films
9The Artist$19,651-10%751710$26$44,501,65725Weinstein Company
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,517-11%260-43$67$102,634,39014Warner Bros. / New Line
11Titanic 3D$15,463-26%157-176$98$57,668,3606Paramount
12Lockout$15,129-19%255-56$59$14,187,2525Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$10,932-40%265-450$41$82,033,6407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,495-15%136-39$55$126,173,47014Universal
15This Means War$6,468-1%132-39$49$54,605,48713Fox
16Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,186-9%11770$53$4,263,3379Paramount Vantage
17A Thousand Words$6,067-10%127-13$48$18,311,70610Paramount
18Act of Valor$4,938-18%118-75$42$69,920,21612Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,384-27%110-33$31$35,022,06812Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$51,94022%49-1$1,060$1,548,8334Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,80053%340$759$18,840,99558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$6,356-29%4618$138$212,0083Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$5,375-32%50--$108$77,4321Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,436-5%56-12$61$5,906,0279Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Chronicle$2,845-5%51-27$56$64,520,24115Fox
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,3170%67-8$35$133,068,78522Fox
8Friends With Kids$2,063-17%362$57$7,213,05010Roadside Attractions
9Project X (2012)$1,823-7%40-32$46$54,730,09611Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,689-20%23-7$73$1,187,4715Code Black Entertainment
11Coriolanus$1,1713%11-7$106$743,33817Weinstein Company
12Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$1,049-39%10--$105$20,7661UTV Communications
13Blue Like Jazz$58732%11-9$53$590,1165Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$540-57%130$42$543,77513Weinstein Company
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$473-15%12-5$39$43,455,09314Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$249-11%2--$125$2,9261Roadside Attractions
17Red Tails$24190%9-3$27$49,867,41417Fox
18Touchback$184-3%4-8$46$203,4935Anchor Bay Films
19Albert Nobbs$881157%2-3$44$3,014,67616Roadside Attractions