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 Fri, Nov. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,500,983155%4,008-62$1,373$242,683,4873Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$4,866,907161%3,463-63$1,405$233,896,0964Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$4,040,663121%2,0180$2,002$74,230,1364Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$3,322,369151%2,9281$1,135$39,683,5102Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$2,970,844320%3,67219$809$38,418,0972Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$2,516,897--2,424--$1,038$2,516,8971Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,061,457209%2,78156$741$26,834,1652FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$1,655,532280%3,087-172$536$152,891,7955Disney
9Flight$1,311,355140%2,603-35$504$78,298,1915Paramount
10The Collection$1,158,063--1,403--$825$1,158,0631LD Entertainment
11Argo$567,005143%1,043-212$544$99,547,4228Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$911,153150%3714$2,456$8,561,1343Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$622,181580%384318$1,620$2,483,5323Focus
3Talaash$484,776--174--$2,786$484,7761Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$144,015158%496-267$290$136,839,5949Fox
5Pitch Perfect$128,760249%403-89$320$62,840,93310Universal
6The Sessions$92,7586%226-289$410$4,341,6247Fox Searchlight
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$67,431130%189-53$357$16,495,99011Lionsgate / Summit
8Cloud Atlas$67,38381%194-64$347$26,005,5006Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$65,589197%334-156$196$42,193,0428Sony / Columbia
10Looper$60,69293%280-13$217$65,775,86710Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$30,45056%174-31$175$15,314,3955Universal
12Seven Psychopaths$29,874194%16280$184$14,706,3838CBS Films
13Hotel Transylvania$28,646113%248-216$116$143,584,17110Sony / Columbia
14Alex Cross$14,650115%114-30$129$25,447,7267Lionsgate / Summit
15Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,30648%124-66$115$17,428,8376Open Road
16House at the End of the Street$12,158152%108-30$113$31,519,75711Relativity Media
17Trouble with the Curve$11,781105%100-40$118$35,698,41711Warner Bros.
18ParaNorman$11,657186%104-30$112$55,824,82216Focus
19Fun Size$11,635198%116-28$100$9,325,8106Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,719201%102-7$105$160,842,94821Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$107,450341%5033$2,149$486,3322Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$24,73264%74-14$334$808,8865Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$23,583--12--$1,965$23,5831Lionsgate / Pantelion
4To the Arctic 3D$18,35262%520$353$10,018,40533Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Chasing Mavericks$12,802142%7919$162$5,801,9386Fox
6Sinister$12,236111%88-39$139$47,741,5638Lionsgate / Summit
7The Dark Knight Rises$12,12786%80-28$152$448,065,05820Warner Bros.
8Born to Be Wild 3D$11,738221%300$391$21,403,68087Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$10,680255%161$668$124,8842Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 4$8,483105%70-38$121$53,700,2557Paramount
11End of Watch$6,10382%24-10$254$39,209,85111Open Road
12Arbitrage$5,46160%35-13$156$7,836,40812Roadside Attractions
13The Master$5,15026%23-2$224$15,860,98012Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,174451%52-7$80$48,945,25518Fox
15Silent Night$3,359--11--$305$3,3591Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$2,08757%19-7$110$13,036,61528Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$1,648-1%7-1$235$123,4625Weinstein Company