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, Dec. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,506,46134%3,463-63$435$248,219,2804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,442,03719%4,008-62$360$257,255,3793Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,330,71050%2,9281$454$50,732,0102Fox
4Lincoln$1,316,73925%2,0180$652$85,934,5464Disney / DreamWorks
5Rise of The Guardians$777,40337%3,67219$212$50,179,0042Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$703,54227%2,424--$290$8,070,7921Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$507,65723%2,78156$183$32,191,7432FilmDistrict
8Flight$473,33131%2,603-35$182$82,301,2475Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$403,47331%3,087-172$131$158,897,0535Disney
10The Collection$236,3982%1,403--$168$3,572,3531LD Entertainment
11Argo$194,91733%1,043-212$187$101,332,1688Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$306,18231%3714$825$11,279,2673Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$272,78827%384318$710$4,593,9313Focus
3Talaash$120,24970%174--$691$1,828,9121Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$40,86130%226-289$181$4,654,4587Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$40,39717%496-267$81$137,238,4739Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,09016%403-89$75$63,155,34310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$27,73327%194-64$143$26,231,0706Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$19,78311%189-53$105$16,678,65111Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,83664%16280$98$14,803,5648CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$15,57548%174-31$90$15,412,6155Universal
11Alex Cross$5,30026%114-30$46$25,494,7457Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,178-2%124-66$42$17,476,6116Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$4,13946%100-40$41$35,728,03411Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,56028%102-7$35$160,890,40121Fox
15ParaNorman$3,467-4%104-30$33$55,879,91016Focus
16House at the End of the Street$3,061-8%108-30$28$31,558,16711Relativity Media
17Fun Size$2,741-3%116-28$24$9,368,2216Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$49,03432%5033$981$873,8502Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,49176%520$221$10,069,33433Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$11,15712%74-14$151$898,6135Entertainment One / RKO
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$5,179357%161$324$183,1612Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,14745%300$172$21,440,94587Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,81821%88-39$55$47,778,6698Lionsgate / Summit
7Hecho en Mexico$4,690-13%12--$391$86,2231Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Chasing Mavericks$3,9128%7919$50$5,839,6206Fox
9End of Watch$3,37830%24-10$141$39,232,44011Open Road
10The Master$3,25929%23-2$142$15,879,01112Weinstein Company
11The Dark Knight Rises$3,2080%80-28$40$448,100,21620Warner Bros.
12Arbitrage$2,588-15%35-13$74$7,856,66912Roadside Attractions
13Paranormal Activity 4$2,4521%70-38$35$53,722,7787Paramount
14Silent Night$1,218-3%11--$111$12,2521Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$1,00682%7-1$144$129,9565Weinstein Company
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$91253%52-7$18$48,965,06918Fox
17The Intouchables$5933%19-7$31$13,044,27128Weinstein Company