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 Wed, Dec. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$963,787-17%3,401-62$283$264,414,3195Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$844,367-10%2,014-4$419$99,708,3625Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$748,473-25%2,94618$254$63,387,4223Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,401-17%3,646-362$195$270,972,5324Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$515,575-18%3,639-33$142$63,402,9213Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$429,931-26%2,837--$152$7,175,9041FilmDistrict
7Flight$316,051-16%2,431-172$130$87,188,8776Paramount
8Killing Them Softly$307,718-24%2,4240$127$12,847,1052Weinstein Company
9Red Dawn (2012)$298,673-18%2,754-27$108$38,200,9373FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$265,558-17%2,746-341$97$165,239,5276Disney
11The Collection$132,141-9%1,4030$94$5,869,1362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$95,783-13%1,2491225$77$40,288,70512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$225,567-9%3710$608$14,627,6894Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$189,737-12%42238$450$7,179,1924Focus
3Argo$157,438-4%944-99$167$103,610,5099Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$73,841-17%181131$408$1,894,6413Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,620-13%430-66$78$137,806,05210Fox
6The Sessions$28,193-3%197-29$143$5,031,5418Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,090-6%387-16$70$63,596,60811Universal
8Talaash$26,453-37%162-12$163$2,516,9452Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$18,706-28%191-3$98$26,519,3737Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,933-2%232--$77$66,197,72311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$15,564-7%175-14$89$16,903,49112Lionsgate / Summit
12The Man With the Iron Fists$11,765-13%1817$65$15,558,2606Universal
13Alex Cross$11,502-17%214100$54$25,654,4868Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,800-19%141-21$70$14,934,0589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$12,31140%171$724$342,9163Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$9,255-10%520$178$10,157,41234Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,202-9%63-11$146$1,023,6036Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,175-2%4--$1,794$103,9361Focus
5Sinister$3,980-17%77-11$52$47,836,3289Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,0743%90-12$34$160,962,78022Fox
7Chasing Mavericks$2,91111%67-12$43$5,883,0177Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,874-38%300$96$21,486,55988Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hecho en Mexico$2,737-6%2614$105$129,5552Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,467-9%81-23$30$55,933,91617Focus
11Trouble with the Curve$2,33915%71-29$33$35,760,92112Warner Bros.
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,132-29%76-48$28$17,515,1347Open Road
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,052-2%62-18$33$448,136,69221Warner Bros.
14House at the End of the Street$1,8055%68-40$27$31,594,42612Relativity Media
15The Master$1,799-20%230$78$15,901,01413Weinstein Company
16Arbitrage$1,683-14%25-10$67$7,882,42113Roadside Attractions
17Paranormal Activity 4$1,566-8%48-22$33$53,750,1958Paramount
18Fun Size$1,564-19%80-36$20$9,407,8167Paramount
19The Rabbi's Cat$85446%1--$854$6,0911GKIDS
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7975%47-5$17$48,986,97519Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7618%5-2$152$138,5016Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$440-9%12-7$37$13,050,32429Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$52-94%2--$26$84,84710Roadside Attractions