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. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$8,926,7750%4,164--$2,144$84,198,5401Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,202,5785%3,920-343$817$163,352,3013Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,027,7207%3,108--$652$20,236,6801Fox
4Prometheus$1,390,7224%2,862-580$486$111,184,0413Fox
5That's My Boy$1,305,5326%3,0300$431$30,447,4032Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,167,6005%2,919-782$400$139,405,1704Universal
7Rock of Ages$1,118,24117%3,4700$322$30,495,0812Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marvel's The Avengers$989,5463%2,230-352$444$600,377,0808Disney
9Men in Black 3$920,6176%2,462-673$374$165,253,7965Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$545,56818%1,625--$336$4,830,0161Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$501,6863%395217$1,270$12,604,0945Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$256,70215%741-443$346$38,864,5328Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$107,23710%414-179$259$403,168,93514Lionsgate
4Battleship$74,86515%483-459$155$63,330,1756Universal
5The Dictator$73,36516%316-803$232$58,841,4846Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$64,8775%12982$503$1,201,0693FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$56,47512%411-805$137$39,904,9716Lionsgate
8Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$46,78548%234-43$200$212,979,65017Universal
9Dark Shadows$37,4618%302-378$124$75,825,1067Warner Bros.
10For Greater Glory$32,7065%160-220$204$5,145,9674ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$32,21423%222-56$145$64,306,87613Relativity Media
12The Lucky One (2012)$23,85023%202-148$118$60,197,42910Warner Bros.
13Chernobyl Diaries$23,3115%240-15$97$17,930,9915Warner Bros.
14The Cabin in the Woods$22,698-2%196-28$116$41,823,13911Lionsgate
15The Three Stooges$20,05012%154-47$130$43,694,88511Fox
16The Raven$12,67416%133104$95$15,939,5569Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,694-2%521$1,225$4,192,39110Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$47,50117%74-3$642$2,181,7005Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$13,846-16%330$420$19,626,85964Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$13,76536%85-23$162$103,836,14720Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wrath of the Titans$8,67029%70-35$124$83,655,82013Warner Bros.
6Lola Versus$7,244-3%50-2$145$217,8443Fox Searchlight
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$5,0928%16-141$318$275,9532Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,87931%25-73$75$1,791,1236Branded/Peck Films