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, Nov. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,078,439-47%4,0700$2,231$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$6,852,423-51%3,52621$1,943$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$5,890,946-40%2,018243$2,919$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$5,395,928-41%3,653--$1,477$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,121,641-39%2,927--$1,750$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,481,106-46%3,259-363$1,068$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,780,539-50%2,725--$1,020$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$1,705,347-50%2,63826$646$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$768,219-49%1,255-955$612$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,056,372-38%367351$2,878$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$181,875-37%515-1$353$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$168,672-58%763-1300$221$136,477,0038Fox
4Jab Tak Hai Jaan$143,154-36%1644$873$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
5Pitch Perfect$118,080-62%492-630$240$62,571,9289Universal
6Cloud Atlas$107,662-35%258-662$417$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$87,562-43%464-784$189$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$86,449-60%490-860$176$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$76,099-52%242-269$314$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$71,055-46%29379$243$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$46,125-46%205-705$225$15,201,9104Universal
12ParaNorman$24,849-35%134-46$185$55,796,57215Focus
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,509-44%190-266$124$17,376,1015Open Road
14Alex Cross$20,285-59%144-391$141$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$19,316-46%144-244$134$9,297,7825Paramount
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,480-47%109-23$160$160,818,56420Fox
17House at the End of the Street$15,688-55%138-37$114$31,488,67410Relativity Media
18Sinister$14,579-64%127-662$115$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
19Trouble with the Curve$14,221-52%140-132$102$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
20The Dark Knight Rises$13,224-54%108-52$122$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
21Paranormal Activity 4$9,313-60%108-742$86$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$247,645-28%6650$3,752$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$65,916-40%17--$3,877$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$36,029-30%88-12$409$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Seven Psychopaths$19,501-49%82-89$238$14,631,3237CBS Films
5To the Arctic 3D$15,596-49%520$300$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$15,105-42%60-138$252$5,771,4535Fox
7The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$13,507-59%15--$900$107,3331Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$9,593-32%48-32$200$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,062-44%59-13$154$48,936,98717Fox
10The Master$8,482-27%25-27$339$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,918-36%300$264$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
12End of Watch$7,892-37%34-41$232$39,191,43110Open Road
13This Must Be the Place$4,317-27%8-7$540$116,2504Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$2,588-3%262$100$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
15Lawless$1,423-31%11-8$129$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,076-41%3520$31$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution