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, Oct. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$1,286,277-71%3,412--$377$30,290,1431Paramount
2Argo$1,039,411-73%3,24715$320$44,051,3752Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$806,326-72%3,489-217$231$106,638,6653Fox
4Alex Cross$727,218-71%2,539--$286$12,123,9861Lionsgate / Summit
5Sinister$655,734-67%2,54215$258$32,391,3772Lionsgate / Summit
6Hotel Transylvania$604,781-83%3,3849$179$119,127,1704Sony / Columbia
7Here Comes the Boom$455,691-78%3,0140$151$23,587,2202Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$399,125-73%2,660-127$150$45,915,9034Universal
9Looper$338,769-68%2,223-382$152$58,181,5884Sony / TriStar
10Seven Psychopaths$285,933-65%1,4800$193$9,447,4052CBS Films
11Frankenweenie$267,945-79%2,362-643$113$28,506,7243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$146,817-71%74519$197$9,270,6895Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$80,721-65%751-800$107$37,976,2925Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$63,224-61%925-887$68$34,147,7965Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$49,318-71%945-67$52$2,909,7382Atlas Distribution
5The Master$39,696-69%412-270$96$14,777,9096Weinstein Company
6The Dark Knight Rises$28,518-69%345-120$83$446,792,58514Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$23,259-69%746-1120$31$30,806,1215Relativity Media
8Arbitrage$17,574-75%169-25$104$7,078,8416Roadside Attractions
9Dredd 3D$13,041-59%1605$82$13,339,0095Lionsgate
10The Bourne Legacy$12,760-66%232-13$55$112,821,46011Universal
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,429-82%222-15$47$160,082,93515Fox
12Ted (2012)$10,355-37%109-36$95$218,639,03517Universal
13Lawless$9,518-58%184-103$52$37,273,6218Weinstein Company
14ParaNorman$6,464-78%168-8$38$54,670,81610Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,657-84%149-27$31$48,579,02012Fox
16Won't Back Down$4,636-63%168-345$28$5,233,4064Fox
17The Possession$3,319-69%133-236$25$48,836,9498Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,799-54%520$227$9,283,98327Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$9,723-68%4--$2,431$123,1901Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,588-35%300$186$21,095,23781Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$4,323-63%601$72$12,827,23522Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$4,257-63%92-54$46$84,577,55010Lionsgate
6The Campaign$2,963-63%74-27$40$86,440,52911Warner Bros.
7Moonrise Kingdom$1,628-66%29-27$56$45,490,75322Focus
8War of the Buttons (2012)$1,558-66%3530$45$25,8312Weinstein Company
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,345-69%28-8$48$11,187,99517Fox Searchlight
10Barfi!$390-87%10-24$39$2,799,8356UTV Communications
11Gayby$312-32%1--$312$8,5392The Film Collaborative
12Thaandavam$208-79%2-1$104$212,3534UTV Communications