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 Fri, May. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$15,236,046145%4,249-100$3,586$417,257,4613Disney
2Battleship$8,782,225--3,690--$2,380$8,782,2251Universal
3The Dictator$5,727,753100%3,008--$1,904$12,768,8341Paramount
4What to Expect When You're Expecting$3,848,774--3,021--$1,274$3,848,7741Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$3,820,203126%3,7550$1,017$41,958,6242Warner Bros.
6The Hunger Games$824,397115%2,064-467$399$389,455,5079Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$807,145114%1,722-330$469$83,995,0565Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$598,03093%2,005-834$298$55,754,2055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$352,99269%1,840-1239$192$24,264,4964Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$334,87522%1,175-1394$285$26,327,5104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$872,968187%354176$2,466$5,870,4093Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$182,44713%895-664$204$26,523,4345Disneynature
3Wrath of the Titans$132,0691179%36095$367$82,176,0328Warner Bros.
4Girl in Progress$123,273128%3220$383$1,801,2872Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Three Stooges$119,152117%594-822$201$41,513,2896Fox
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$117,495256%379-76$310$209,850,22512Universal
7The Cabin in the Woods$114,25037%448-581$255$40,284,3236Lionsgate
821 Jump Street$101,417105%261-328$389$135,458,69710Sony / Columbia
9Mirror Mirror$98,921167%407-200$243$61,246,3438Relativity Media
10American Reunion$78,30093%290-231$270$56,309,3507Universal
11Safe (2012)$75,561-23%503-1187$150$16,371,3344Lionsgate
12The Raven$72,716-43%432-1456$168$15,381,8524Relativity Media
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,059194%245-15$217$102,705,49315Warner Bros. / New Line
14Bully (2012)$42,643-11%204-59$209$3,072,6198Weinstein Company
15Lockout$27,22768%191-64$143$14,230,6956Open Road
16Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$25,87040%134-66$193$8,652,10611CBS Films
17A Thousand Words$13,933135%110-17$127$18,331,55911Paramount
18The Artist$7,136-66%103-648$69$44,529,74526Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Crooked Arrows$118,541--55--$2,155$118,5411Branded/Peck Films
2To the Arctic 3D$84,09722%490$1,716$1,701,9455Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$28,00349%340$824$18,887,74859Warner Bros. / IMAX
4This Means War$19,189188%90-42$213$54,631,33114Fox
5Titanic 3D$13,902-20%70-87$199$57,699,5547Paramount
6Act of Valor$10,796105%96-22$112$69,936,28113Relativity Media
7Sound of My Voice$9,64342%37-9$261$228,4594Fox Searchlight
8Lovely Molly$9,183--5--$1,837$9,1831Image Entertainment
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,432108%17-6$202$1,192,5556Code Black Entertainment
10Friends With Kids$2,89315%25-11$116$7,218,44811Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,419303%8-2$302$23,7852UTV Communications
12The Road (2012)$1,651-68%10-40$165$84,3982Freestyle Releasing
13Coriolanus$1,37816%8-3$172$745,90318Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,13790%9-4$126$545,50914Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$577-11%7-4$82$591,3386Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$231-33%3-6$77$49,867,99218Fox
17Touchback$127-14%3-3$42$203,7686Anchor Bay Films
18Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15-97%1-11$15$43,455,63815Fox