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 Tue, Jun. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,032,28615%4,2635$1,180$128,419,1372Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$2,512,120-1%3,44246$730$94,430,2402Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$1,907,85010%3,701-76$515$125,711,8253Universal
4That's My Boy$1,904,116-5%3,030--$628$17,360,1171Sony / Columbia
5Rock of Ages$1,796,11213%3,470--$518$17,821,6621Warner Bros. / New Line
6Men in Black 3$1,356,52313%3,135-657$433$155,288,5614Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$1,163,9063%2,582-547$451$589,091,6167Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$411,77625%1,184-114$348$35,957,3387Fox Searchlight
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$219,05919%1,216-871$180$39,042,9805Lionsgate
10The Dictator$182,37715%1,119-532$163$58,018,1085Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$357,1307%17882$2,006$7,529,3874Focus
2The Hunger Games$146,9137%593-158$248$402,050,62613Lionsgate
3Battleship$131,880-3%942-1012$140$62,420,2905Universal
4Dark Shadows$91,37915%680-870$134$75,326,8786Warner Bros.
5For Greater Glory$76,0356%380-262$200$4,690,2563ARC Entertainment
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,78532%277-13$205$212,589,97016Universal
7Mirror Mirror$50,66735%278-25$182$64,003,46212Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$37,3677%350-52$107$59,962,9989Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$31,350-12%224111$140$41,574,17610Lionsgate
10Chernobyl Diaries$29,171-1%255-925$114$17,696,3424Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$26,37419%201-44$131$43,491,23510Fox
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,76946%108-18$165$103,722,67519Warner Bros. / New Line
13Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$17,252-25%157--$110$190,6551Indomina Media
14The Five-Year Engagement$15,19513%168-7$90$28,673,4058Universal
15Wrath of the Titans$12,1588%105-45$116$83,573,67712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,90131%510$1,292$3,727,4569Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$49,1409%770$638$1,646,9484Weinstein Company
3Safety Not Guaranteed$38,994-4%4738$830$519,4862FilmDistrict
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,61439%330$503$19,508,74063Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lola Versus$15,40958%5248$296$133,1302Fox Searchlight
6Crooked Arrows$9,699-15%98-180$99$1,752,1325Branded/Peck Films
7Rowdy Rathore$5,516110%32--$172$752,3113UTV Communications
8Safe (2012)$5,3293%76-35$70$17,130,5048Lionsgate
9Girl in Progress$3,78822%41-16$92$2,601,7716Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Bully (2012)$2,749-12%14-17$196$3,489,65712Weinstein Company
11Piranha 3DD$2,420258%11-67$220$374,0003Weinstein Company
12The Raven$2,27851%29-5$79$15,843,7818Relativity Media
13The Artist$1,2547%21-15$60$44,669,52030Weinstein Company
14Sound of My Voice$427-59%13-11$33$400,1878Fox Searchlight