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 Fri, Oct. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$15,110,106--3,412--$4,429$15,110,1061Paramount
2Argo$5,066,115193%3,24715$1,560$31,632,6042Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$4,284,894184%3,489-217$1,228$96,856,3633Fox
4Alex Cross$4,030,024--2,539--$1,587$4,030,0241Lionsgate / Summit
5Hotel Transylvania$3,615,658270%3,3849$1,068$109,136,6134Sony / Columbia
6Sinister$2,992,221167%2,54215$1,177$25,912,3892Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$2,584,147255%3,0140$857$17,308,4752Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$2,287,595210%2,660-127$860$41,047,9434Universal
9Looper$1,285,907140%2,223-382$578$54,926,0394Sony / TriStar
10Frankenweenie$1,161,701139%2,362-643$492$25,071,1223Disney
11Seven Psychopaths$1,002,053146%1,4800$677$6,890,0452CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$712,329207%74519$956$7,682,9545Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$239,06652%751-800$318$37,307,8285Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$236,57147%925-887$256$33,591,7895Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$196,56064%945-67$208$2,442,6322Atlas Distribution
5House at the End of the Street$160,40986%746-1120$215$30,474,9735Relativity Media
6The Master$150,84394%412-270$366$14,368,3796Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$105,86497%345-120$307$446,510,42214Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$74,905143%169-25$443$6,849,0316Roadside Attractions
9The Bourne Legacy$54,520268%232-13$235$112,696,18511Universal
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$49,438154%222-15$223$159,929,63615Fox
11Dredd 3D$30,028118%1605$188$13,249,1975Lionsgate
12Resident Evil: Retribution$28,573--158-191$181$41,881,5966Sony / Screen Gems
13ParaNorman$26,938213%168-8$160$54,586,71810Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$26,854142%149-27$180$48,498,80012Fox
15Lawless$26,140356%184-103$142$37,204,1478Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$21,78587%109-36$200$218,580,72017Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$19,770--131-84$151$63,493,73211Sony / Columbia
18The Possession$18,38365%133-236$138$48,793,7128Lionsgate
19Premium Rush$15,514--119-44$130$20,238,4319Sony / Columbia
20Won't Back Down$12,736-36%168-345$76$5,196,6174Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$34,284--4--$8,571$34,2841Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$30,45666%520$586$9,213,58327Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$12,79485%601$213$12,790,34722Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$12,744109%92-54$139$84,540,94610Lionsgate
5The Campaign$11,323113%74-27$153$86,414,55311Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$10,99114%300$366$21,069,07581Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Other Dream Team$7,370--131$567$87,1184The Film Arcade
8Moonrise Kingdom$6,33131%29-27$218$45,476,13222Focus
9Simon and the Oaks$6,185--76$884$20,4572The Film Arcade
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,33352%28-8$190$11,174,57017Fox Searchlight
11War of the Buttons (2012)$4,751689%3530$136$11,7772Weinstein Company
12Barfi!$2,1998%10-24$220$2,791,2616UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$825132%2-1$413$208,9924UTV Communications
14Gayby$668--1--$668$6,9702The Film Collaborative