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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$3,968,406-19%4,249-100$934$472,239,6213Disney
2Battleship$1,660,555-27%3,690--$450$31,826,3951Universal
3The Dictator$1,520,191-29%3,0085$505$30,305,4631Paramount
4Dark Shadows$1,051,401-19%3,7550$280$54,331,5542Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$986,234-24%3,021--$326$13,969,6141Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$328,957-5%2,064-467$159$392,609,4909Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$239,512-13%1,722-295$139$86,614,5295Sony / Screen Gems
8The Lucky One (2012)$173,464-18%2,005-834$87$57,506,7055Warner Bros.
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$149,1021%1,840-1008$81$26,035,9094Sony / Columbia
10The Five-Year Engagement$123,375-19%1,175-1394$105$27,520,1604Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$460,516-12%354176$1,301$9,732,4913Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$86,251-10%895-505$96$27,273,9225Disneynature
3The Cabin in the Woods$48,028-7%448-581$107$40,706,4836Lionsgate
4Bully (2012)$41,31961%204-59$203$3,217,3478Weinstein Company
5Wrath of the Titans$40,727-15%36095$113$82,654,4358Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$37,900-9%379-76$100$210,318,29012Universal
7The Three Stooges$35,969-8%594-433$61$41,941,7716Fox
8Mirror Mirror$35,052-15%407-200$86$61,671,6898Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$33,605-18%503-1187$67$16,702,9334Lionsgate
10The Raven$32,8421%432-1456$76$15,641,5094Relativity Media
11Girl in Progress$31,677-17%3220$98$2,243,5532Lionsgate / Pantelion
12American Reunion$18,850-19%290-231$65$56,567,4557Universal
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,610-9%245-15$68$102,913,26615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,5547%134-66$101$8,764,46211CBS Films
15Lockout$7,637-15%191-64$40$14,317,9706Open Road
16A Thousand Words$5,401-16%110-17$49$18,391,94311Paramount
17The Artist$3,5926%103-648$35$44,559,50326Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,15217%490$1,289$2,011,3595Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$17,405-30%340$512$18,982,15859Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$14,528-2%55--$264$299,3181Branded/Peck Films
4Titanic 3D$6,287-23%70-87$90$57,758,8027Paramount
5Sound of My Voice$5,72314%37-9$155$266,7104Fox Searchlight
6This Means War$5,478-1%90-42$61$54,686,93314Fox
7Act of Valor$3,81210%96-22$40$69,989,29213Relativity Media
8Friends With Kids$1,86840%25-11$75$7,231,13411Roadside Attractions
9Coriolanus$1,46017%8-3$183$753,18418Weinstein Company
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,131-25%17-6$67$1,205,5516Code Black Entertainment
11Lovely Molly$1,08012%5--$216$15,5601Image Entertainment
12The Road (2012)$8636%10-40$86$91,3532Freestyle Releasing
13Undefeated$7207%9-4$80$550,47214Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$43942%7-4$63$593,5766Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$288-14%3-6$96$49,869,68218Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$45-44%1-11$45$43,456,08015Fox
17Touchback$36-32%3-1$12$204,2326Anchor Bay Films