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 Sun, Oct. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,868,820-46%2,855-392$1,005$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Hotel Transylvania$2,678,551-37%3,276-108$818$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
3Cloud Atlas$2,501,267-33%2,008--$1,246$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
4Paranormal Activity 4$1,819,820-49%3,4120$533$42,467,5512Paramount
5Taken 2$1,713,125-50%2,995-494$572$117,105,5774Fox
6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,671,002-40%2,933--$570$8,023,0361Open Road
7Here Comes the Boom$1,316,566-43%2,491-523$529$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$1,130,095-51%2,5412$445$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$1,125,268-47%2,347-195$479$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$1,059,878-38%3,014--$352$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$909,545-46%1,999-661$455$51,300,2585Universal
12Frankenweenie$804,425-23%1,738-624$463$31,798,7574Disney
13Chasing Mavericks$582,572-32%2,002--$291$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$542,596-39%1,189-1034$456$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$383,076-38%1,003-477$382$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$356,991-41%736-9$485$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$95,609-29%290-461$330$38,555,9946Open Road
3ParaNorman$78,478-26%280112$280$54,933,03211Focus
4Trouble with the Curve$68,869-47%420-505$164$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$67,595-42%291-54$232$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$64,007-46%201-211$318$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$43,224-32%192-30$225$160,255,73216Fox
8Arbitrage$39,615-51%125-44$317$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
9The Campaign$38,439-26%222148$173$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
10Resident Evil: Retribution$34,378-33%19840$174$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
11The Expendables 2$33,427-31%17886$188$84,705,40411Lionsgate
12House at the End of the Street$30,071-63%302-444$100$31,055,2576Relativity Media
13The Bourne Legacy$29,605-50%191-41$155$113,001,84012Universal
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$27,515-25%147-798$187$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$19,950-31%116-33$172$48,658,66213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$51,631-48%2016$2,582$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$23,893-23%520$459$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$10,649-38%48-12$222$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$9,974-19%300$332$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Lawless$7,400-38%96-88$77$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
6Simon and the Oaks$7,117-49%147$508$75,3183The Film Arcade
7Dredd 3D$6,802-22%72-88$94$13,401,6836Lionsgate
8The Possession$6,032-61%82-51$74$48,879,9979Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$3,710-40%65-103$57$5,264,0935Fox
10The Other Dream Team$3,691-14%141$264$119,6535The Film Arcade
11Moonrise Kingdom$2,386-43%15-14$159$45,507,86523Focus
12War of the Buttons (2012)$1,446-32%8-27$181$38,6613Weinstein Company
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$934-38%4--$234$56,3664Roadside Attractions
14Gayby$393-49%10$393$11,0703The Film Collaborative
15Barfi!$70-56%1-9$70$2,804,8747UTV Communications