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 Mon, Jun. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$6,328,868-63%4,258--$1,486$66,645,6061Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$5,204,896-62%3,396--$1,533$56,254,9971Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,681,670-60%3,7774$710$101,219,1452Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,640,204-58%3,792-456$433$137,541,2983Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,385,505-59%3,129-541$443$573,685,9686Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$397,925-58%1,2984$307$31,438,6606Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$382,375-49%2,087-820$183$36,205,9734Lionsgate
8The Dictator$311,012-54%1,651-998$188$55,592,1154Paramount
9Battleship$273,560-59%1,954-1190$140$60,093,7754Universal
10Dark Shadows$181,043-54%1,550-1452$117$73,966,8835Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$137,379-43%1,180-1253$116$17,080,0643Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$157,003-51%751-348$209$400,429,53812Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$116,534-68%642-115$182$3,639,2122ARC Entertainment
3The Lucky One (2012)$48,697-51%402-2$121$59,526,5098Warner Bros.
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$44,950-47%290-25$155$212,073,46015Universal
5Mirror Mirror$44,613-42%303-54$147$63,521,64011Relativity Media
6Think Like a Man$43,265-54%287-222$151$90,356,6878Sony / Screen Gems
7Crooked Arrows$27,483-59%278-49$99$1,585,3814Branded/Peck Films
8The Three Stooges$27,154-60%245-40$111$43,150,1269Fox
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$15,905-62%317-268$50$28,987,6107Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,275-48%126-29$121$103,562,75818Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Five-Year Engagement$14,875-53%175-43$85$28,505,1007Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$14,017-58%150-55$93$83,425,37811Warner Bros.
13The Cabin in the Woods$10,382-45%113-23$92$41,300,6879Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$8,645-54%111-64$78$17,060,1137Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$195,110-57%9680$2,032$3,926,1113Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$48,9197%511$959$3,229,0848Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$40,189-66%7727$522$1,054,7993Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,68960%330$627$19,374,84062Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,307-64%9--$1,145$108,0691FilmDistrict
6Girl in Progress$4,396-59%577$77$2,560,4805Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$4,180-52%78-8$54$319,5542Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$3,329-61%4--$832$35,1441Fox Searchlight
9The Artist$2,450-40%36-51$68$44,652,98729Weinstein Company
10Bully (2012)$2,229-20%31-57$72$3,465,71811Weinstein Company
11The Raven$2,213-31%34-27$65$15,819,5207Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$1,351-48%24-24$56$387,8467Fox Searchlight
13Cartas a Elena$800-73%12--$67$8,5111Freestyle Releasing
14High School$642-42%4-196$161$136,7232Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$236-71%5-3$47$7,250,32314Roadside Attractions