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, Jun. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$20,468,525--3,773--$5,425$20,468,5251Universal
2Men in Black 3$8,077,13196%4,2480$1,901$91,080,6842Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,641,642103%3,670-248$1,537$538,105,6225Disney
4What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,446,44585%2,907-114$498$27,739,8043Lionsgate
5Battleship$1,446,24056%3,144-558$460$51,759,0903Universal
6The Dictator$1,403,67970%2,649-365$530$47,514,0393Paramount
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,266,13867%1,29461$978$22,162,7435Fox Searchlight
8Dark Shadows$1,069,16561%3,002-402$356$68,043,0064Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$1,036,21278%2,4330$426$12,407,3262Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$454,88270%1,099-322$414$397,228,63011Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$589,408--757--$779$589,4081ARC Entertainment
2Crooked Arrows$255,5611749%327260$782$778,4733Branded/Peck Films
3Think Like a Man$187,36859%509-277$368$89,229,1377Sony / Screen Gems
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$150,84936%585-299$258$28,080,6316Sony / Columbia
5Mirror Mirror$119,01574%357-65$333$62,662,15410Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$118,901--330-34$360$136,924,23312Sony / Columbia
7Rowdy Rathore$106,168--120--$885$106,1681UTV Communications
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$102,37581%315-75$325$211,248,03514Universal
9The Lucky One (2012)$100,25922%404-211$248$58,746,1777Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$78,376147%285-40$275$42,555,8078Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$52,32074%218-56$240$28,157,0756Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$43,48261%205-50$212$83,109,23410Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$37,82081%155-20$244$103,256,70917Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$34,35548%136-67$253$41,086,7708Lionsgate
15Safe (2012)$29,023314%17563$166$16,865,7356Lionsgate
16High School$28,137--200--$141$28,1371Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$249,115343%1612$15,570$1,109,3272Focus
2The Intouchables$78,441654%5046$1,569$245,0532Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$76,05226%500$1,521$2,646,0827Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$63,578--86--$739$63,5781Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$26,8378%33-1$813$19,192,05261Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$13,34135%60-27$222$8,989,56413CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$10,24999%5210$197$57,835,6009Paramount
8The Artist$8,997332%8767$103$44,594,28928Weinstein Company
9Sound of My Voice$8,39183%486$175$341,7416Fox Searchlight
10Bully (2012)$8,044-63%88-16$91$3,375,02010Weinstein Company
11Girl in Progress$7,861-26%50-93$157$2,487,3134Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$5,804-21%61-50$95$15,777,7436Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$1,608127%19-20$85$70,007,68815Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$849--8-1$106$7,243,71913Roadside Attractions
15Red Tails$781274%5-2$156$49,874,29720Fox
16Undefeated$6982%60$116$559,20416Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$46207%1-2$46$594,7828Roadside Attractions