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 Sun, Sep. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$2,008,186-55%2,83418$709$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$1,539,658-42%3,138250$491$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$1,304,141-44%3,260-74$400$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4ParaNorman$1,251,134-40%2,856-229$438$45,452,8764Focus
5The Words$1,077,691-48%2,801--$385$4,750,8941CBS Films
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$948,477-48%2,71782$349$43,007,2084Disney
72016: Obama's America$902,422-33%2,017--$447$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Bourne Legacy$899,505-54%2,766-365$325$103,628,8255Universal
9The Dark Knight Rises$783,721-50%1,987-200$394$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$750,822-54%2,542-399$295$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$646,652-51%2,437-4$265$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$581,188-46%2,182-73$266$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$429,248-44%1,511--$284$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$267,123-46%1,810-1060$148$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$163,107-60%1,209-496$135$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$493,271-33%267--$1,847$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$248,990-44%763-273$326$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$238,365-45%931-273$256$46,742,1006Fox
4Brave$216,376-41%959-749$226$233,397,96412Disney
5Sparkle (2012)$188,254-51%873-384$216$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
6The Amazing Spider-Man$152,736-43%416-85$367$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$121,025-54%515-46$235$216,858,06011Universal
8Total Recall (2012)$115,949-48%502-254$231$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$110,698-42%345-160$321$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$94,388-44%2692$351$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
11The Intouchables$76,238-50%19419$393$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
12Branded$58,979-33%307--$192$240,5891Roadside Attractions
13Moonrise Kingdom$56,612-49%2003$283$44,640,04816Focus
14Step Up Revolution$49,300-48%198-38$249$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
15The Apparition$40,245-52%276-534$146$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
16The Watch$38,876-42%135-60$288$33,998,9007Fox
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$36,336-48%167-12$218$65,483,07911Lionsgate
18Men in Black 3$35,776-42%173-13$207$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$20,689-50%202-66$102$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$20,118-48%1149$176$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$14,920-17%281-1879$53$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$57,533-35%5633$1,027$450,0042Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$24,814-37%520$477$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$13,663-47%76-2$180$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$11,308-36%45-20$251$702,8424Entertainment One Films
5Safety Not Guaranteed$9,850-34%546$182$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,891-18%330$239$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Prometheus$7,421-44%48-7$155$126,429,11714Fox
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,450-35%39-10$140$37,498,90612Fox
9Joker$4,693-40%43-31$109$163,0702UTV Communications
10Mugamoodi$2,797-58%17-4$165$90,5762UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,177-53%22-9$99$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$814-62%52$163$318,54315GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$158-51%20$79$188,8709Weinstein Company