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, Sep. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$558,505-64%3,138250$178$24,083,9602Weinstein Company
2The Possession$554,808-72%2,83418$196$33,721,3902Lionsgate
32016: Obama's America$520,000-42%2,017270$258$26,635,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$378,741-71%3,260-74$116$75,997,7794Lionsgate
5The Words$336,704-69%2,801--$120$5,087,5981CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$290,430-68%2,766-365$105$103,919,2555Universal
7The Campaign$257,181-66%2,542-399$101$79,577,8025Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$251,430-68%1,987-200$127$438,033,9128Warner Bros.
9Hope Springs (2012)$231,330-64%2,437-4$95$57,750,9865Sony / Columbia
10ParaNorman$187,284-85%2,856-229$66$45,640,1604Focus
11Premium Rush$176,769-70%2,182-73$81$16,919,8733Sony / Columbia
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$166,391-82%2,71782$61$43,173,5994Disney
13The Cold Light of Day$145,300-66%1,511--$96$1,976,8881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$103,212-61%1,810-1060$57$12,606,9623Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$46,138-72%1,209-496$38$621,460,76519Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$151,520-69%267--$567$1,825,2511Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$58,917-69%873-384$67$23,433,0794Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$46,350-62%515-46$90$216,904,41011Universal
4Brave$37,908-82%959-749$40$233,435,87212Disney
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,875-64%2692$126$10,305,96611Fox Searchlight
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$32,961-87%763-273$43$157,206,6219Fox
7The Intouchables$26,034-66%19419$134$11,581,49816Weinstein Company
8Branded$23,434-60%307--$76$264,0231Roadside Attractions
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,502-91%931-273$24$46,764,6026Fox
10Moonrise Kingdom$21,982-61%2003$110$44,662,03016Focus
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$16,844-85%345-160$49$215,257,00914Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Watch$13,323-66%135-60$99$34,012,2237Fox
13The Apparition$12,079-70%276-534$44$4,751,4413Warner Bros.
14Step Up Revolution$9,552-81%198-38$48$34,493,6547Lionsgate / Summit
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,511-58%1149$75$46,091,53019Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,451-77%167-12$51$65,491,53011Lionsgate
17The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$7,847-47%281-1879$28$1,036,8972Kenn Viselman Presents
18Magic Mike$7,583-63%202-66$38$113,586,32011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$22,198-61%5633$396$472,2022Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$11,455-54%520$220$8,406,59021Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$4,963-64%76-2$65$2,378,0367Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$4,302-62%45-20$96$707,1444Entertainment One Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,105-48%330$124$20,820,72975Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Prometheus$3,563-52%48-7$74$126,432,68014Fox
7Safety Not Guaranteed$3,011-69%546$56$3,879,53014FilmDistrict
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,773-67%39-10$45$37,500,67912Fox
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,175-46%22-9$53$3,361,9435ARC Entertainment
10Joker$920-80%43-31$21$163,9902UTV Communications
11Mugamoodi$843-70%17-4$50$91,4192UTV Communications
12The Day$145--2-10$73$20,6472Anchor Bay Films
13A Cat In Paris$132-84%52$26$318,67515GKIDS
14Easy Money (2012)$28-82%20$14$188,8989Weinstein Company