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 Thu, Aug. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,586,326-3%4,242-162$845$370,608,8193Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,187,765-3%2,361--$927$4,453,0570Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,061,501-9%3,601--$572$36,088,3921Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,741,7891%3,391--$514$22,354,0081Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,284,3067%3,542-327$363$137,314,0524Fox
6Step Up Revolution$767,268-2%2,60639$294$27,314,7622Lionsgate / Summit
7The Watch$750,924-8%3,1680$237$29,174,6282Fox
8Ted (2012)$672,100-2%2,585-544$260$206,624,9106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$574,938-1%2,216-944$259$253,343,4425Sony / Columbia
10Brave$498,2386%1,883-668$265$225,442,8667Disney
11Magic Mike$198,3513%1,202-873$165$111,816,6186Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$316,779-52%800--$396$982,4580ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$163,556-2%687-166$238$41,460,39811Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$128,377-3%318110$404$6,437,2736Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$103,83313%504-304$206$211,264,7649Paramount / DreamWorks
5Savages$87,420-14%564-850$155$46,563,2655Universal
6The Hunger Games$69,4583%291-19$239$406,970,23520Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$64,078-1%1940$330$8,923,43111Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$63,424-10%737-374$86$64,454,8646Lionsgate
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,4350%309-46$150$154,024,71010Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$42,747-5%230-46$186$45,207,29514Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$30,2907%277-329$109$24,934,0295Paramount
12Prometheus$26,1941%198-31$132$125,937,2619Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$18,6606%121-28$154$3,542,4499FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,2413%165-32$111$37,088,9507Fox
15Dark Shadows$12,833-5%132-90$97$79,688,27213Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$10,08028%145-157$70$38,489,3528Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,54714%520$1,280$7,088,70316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,8940%6451$530$797,4982Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,1411%330$550$20,407,70670Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,385-5%39-17$343$64,932,37519Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$3,02214%61$504$125,1354Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$3,00518%50--$60$38,2011Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,68019%34-55$79$5,665,04610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$2,1779%142$156$281,84110GKIDS