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 Tue, Oct. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,533,37281%2,855-392$537$62,888,7443Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$1,028,18944%2,008--$512$11,355,9271Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$793,45973%3,276-108$242$131,633,3535Sony / Columbia
4Taken 2$723,74953%2,995-494$242$118,302,8824Fox
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$692,03233%2,933--$236$9,235,0791Open Road
6Paranormal Activity 4$684,01840%3,4120$200$43,641,8912Paramount
7Sinister$497,25444%2,347-195$212$40,284,2833Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$493,49172%2,491-523$198$31,101,5093Sony / Columbia
9Alex Cross$477,80546%2,5412$188$20,258,2322Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$369,81561%1,999-661$185$51,899,9585Universal
11Fun Size$301,62463%3,014--$100$4,588,0571Paramount
12Looper$273,52053%1,189-1034$230$61,965,6655Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$253,93342%2,002--$127$2,700,5191Fox
14Frankenweenie$209,35352%1,738-624$120$32,145,8824Disney
15Seven Psychopaths$201,18156%1,003-477$201$12,290,0173CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$153,71666%736-9$209$11,503,6996Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$33,5073%290-461$116$38,622,0086Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$32,29160%420-505$77$34,712,7116Warner Bros.
4The Master$30,78366%201-211$153$15,257,9947Weinstein Company
5The Dark Knight Rises$26,48810%291-54$91$447,208,94815Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$20,17125%280112$72$54,969,33511Focus
7Arbitrage$17,77961%125-44$142$7,370,0897Roadside Attractions
8The Campaign$15,80414%222148$71$86,611,61012Warner Bros.
9The Bourne Legacy$15,28033%191-41$80$113,028,58012Universal
10The Expendables 2$13,31218%17886$75$84,729,99811Lionsgate
11House at the End of the Street$13,22737%302-444$44$31,078,1716Relativity Media
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$12,40542%147-798$84$3,227,4923Atlas Distribution
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,30020%192-30$48$160,272,78816Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,9044%116-33$34$48,666,32113Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$28,927184%2016$1,446$416,1172Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$10,9755%520$211$9,429,42728Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,3665%300$179$21,160,11482Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,18648%48-12$108$12,893,72723Weinstein Company
5Lawless$4,52036%96-88$47$37,345,8879Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,55311%72-88$49$13,408,4456Lionsgate
7Won't Back Down$2,042-8%65-103$31$5,268,3475Fox
8The Possession$1,68118%82-51$21$48,883,1049Lionsgate
9Moonrise Kingdom$1,15216%15-14$77$45,510,01023Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$77042%8-27$96$39,9733Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$304-16%4--$76$57,0334Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$8833%10$88$11,2243The Film Collaborative