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, Oct. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,728,150-1%3,232--$535$26,566,4891Warner Bros.
2Taken 2$1,508,9513%3,70645$407$92,571,4692Fox
3Sinister$1,121,3313%2,527--$444$22,920,1681Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$976,30434%3,37523$289$105,520,9553Sony / Columbia
5Pitch Perfect$738,55520%2,78717$265$38,760,3483Universal
6Here Comes the Boom$727,4549%3,014--$241$14,724,3281Sony / Columbia
7Looper$534,781-1%2,605-388$205$53,640,1323Sony / TriStar
8Frankenweenie$485,35416%3,0050$162$23,909,4212Disney
9Seven Psychopaths$406,9282%1,480--$275$5,887,9921CBS Films
10Trouble with the Curve$161,3838%1,812-1191$89$33,355,2184Warner Bros.
11End of Watch$157,366-5%1,551-819$101$37,068,7624Open Road
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$119,9621%1,012--$119$2,246,0711Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$86,0197%1,866-854$46$30,314,5644Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$231,86816%726505$319$6,970,6254Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$77,5672%682-182$114$14,217,5365Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$53,6555%465-110$115$446,404,55813Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$38,31536%480-1266$80$40,237,1455Disney
5Arbitrage$30,7793%194-50$159$6,774,1265Roadside Attractions
6Won't Back Down$20,04710%513-2004$39$5,183,8813Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,48644%237-63$82$159,880,19814Fox
8The Bourne Legacy$14,8251%245-237$61$112,641,66510Universal
9Dredd 3D$13,762-4%155-676$89$13,219,1694Lionsgate
10Ted (2012)$11,6250%145-42$80$218,558,93516Universal
11The Possession$11,1240%369-452$30$48,775,3297Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,07659%176-81$63$48,471,94611Fox
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,22478%122-33$76$216,391,48219Paramount / DreamWorks
14ParaNorman$8,61437%176-166$49$54,559,7809Focus
15The Expendables 2$6,0962%146-167$42$84,528,2029Lionsgate
16Lawless$5,7313%287-324$20$37,178,0077Weinstein Company
17The Campaign$5,3113%101-202$53$86,403,23010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,3761%520$353$9,183,12726Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$9,65515%30-3$322$21,058,08480Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$6,924-5%59-25$117$12,777,55321Weinstein Company
4Moonrise Kingdom$4,833-8%56-36$86$45,469,80121Focus
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$3,509-35%36-15$97$11,169,23716Fox Searchlight
6Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,063144%6-6$344$52,0282Roadside Attractions
7Barfi!$2,0412%34-76$60$2,789,0625UTV Communications
8Safety Not Guaranteed$70225%18-6$39$4,010,95719FilmDistrict
9War of the Buttons (2012)$602-24%5--$120$7,0261Weinstein Company
10Thaandavam$35626%3-18$119$208,1673UTV Communications