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 Sat, Oct. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$9,420,228-38%3,412--$2,761$24,530,3341Paramount
2Argo$7,478,00648%3,24715$2,303$39,110,6102Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$6,048,89241%3,489-217$1,734$102,905,2553Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$5,868,88562%3,3849$1,734$115,005,4984Sony / Columbia
5Alex Cross$4,836,70620%2,539--$1,905$8,866,7301Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$3,816,63728%2,54215$1,501$29,729,0262Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$3,784,74646%3,0140$1,256$21,093,2212Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$2,965,92530%2,660-127$1,115$44,013,8684Universal
9Frankenweenie$1,902,47764%2,362-643$805$26,973,5993Disney
10Looper$1,867,92645%2,223-382$840$56,793,9654Sony / TriStar
11Seven Psychopaths$1,464,62746%1,4800$990$8,354,6722CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$936,28731%74519$1,257$8,619,2415Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$356,20849%751-800$474$37,664,0365Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$330,60940%925-887$357$33,922,3985Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$250,18727%945-67$265$2,692,8192Atlas Distribution
5The Master$240,24159%412-270$583$14,608,6206Weinstein Company
6House at the End of the Street$231,77544%746-1120$311$30,706,7485Relativity Media
7The Dark Knight Rises$160,36251%345-120$465$446,670,78414Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$142,71991%169-25$844$6,991,7506Roadside Attractions
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$85,85774%222-15$387$160,015,49315Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$75,40038%232-13$325$112,771,58511Universal
11ParaNorman$48,62280%168-8$289$54,635,34010Focus
12Resident Evil: Retribution$46,92164%158-191$297$41,928,5176Sony / Screen Gems
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$45,80171%149-27$307$48,544,60112Fox
14Dredd 3D$44,69249%1605$279$13,293,8895Lionsgate
15Lawless$37,14842%184-103$202$37,241,2958Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$31,61045%109-36$290$218,612,33017Universal
17The Possession$29,34760%133-236$221$48,823,0598Lionsgate
18Hope Springs (2012)$27,45539%131-84$210$63,521,18711Sony / Columbia
19Premium Rush$23,58352%119-44$198$20,262,0149Sony / Columbia
20Won't Back Down$19,63054%168-345$117$5,216,2474Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$48,32141%4--$12,080$82,6051Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$32,9928%520$634$9,246,57527Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$20,90463%601$348$12,811,25122Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$20,83563%92-54$226$84,561,78110Lionsgate
5The Campaign$14,90332%74-27$201$86,429,45611Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,9949%300$400$21,081,06981Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Simon and the Oaks$10,27966%76$1,468$30,7362The Film Arcade
8Moonrise Kingdom$8,25030%29-27$284$45,484,38222Focus
9The Other Dream Team$8,0419%131$619$95,1594The Film Arcade
10War of the Buttons (2012)$7,90566%3530$226$19,6822Weinstein Company
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$7,70644%28-8$275$11,182,27617Fox Searchlight
12Barfi!$5,079131%10-24$508$2,796,3406UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$2,139159%2-1$1,070$211,1314UTV Communications
14Gayby$80020%1--$800$7,7702The Film Collaborative
15Husbands In Goa$400--20$200$8,9855UTV Communications