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, Dec. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$37,125,547--4,045--$9,178$37,125,5471Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$1,937,551105%2,285271$848$102,591,7386Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$1,819,81991%2,924-477$622$267,185,8826Sony / Columbia
4Rise of The Guardians$1,523,941183%3,387-252$450$65,465,7644Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,484,807107%3,042-604$488$273,174,8765Lionsgate / Summit
6Life of Pi$1,388,90680%2,548-398$545$65,548,3124Fox
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,011,279144%2,8403$356$8,602,3712FilmDistrict
8Red Dawn (2012)$697,245137%2,250-504$310$39,192,6684FilmDistrict
9Wreck-It Ralph$690,185159%2,249-497$307$166,195,7347Disney
10Flight$527,37765%1,823-608$289$88,035,4157Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$297,0114%1,427-997$208$13,429,3163Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$583,351141%3710$1,572$15,453,4005Weinstein Company
2Argo$304,32475%667-277$456$104,089,22810Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$302,821335%561380$540$2,267,0334Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$281,02857%409-13$687$7,639,3315Focus
5The Collection$163,09133%621-782$263$6,154,7273LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$81,559117%339-91$241$137,925,28011Fox
7Pitch Perfect$74,700175%332-55$225$63,698,44312Universal
8Talaash$46,688127%113-49$413$2,584,2353Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$39,26033%151-46$260$5,100,3119Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$26,300-71%172-1077$153$40,405,04113Open Road
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$26,03753%125-50$208$16,946,59113Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$24,87440%190-42$131$66,240,40712Sony / TriStar
13Here Comes the Boom$21,761--150-84$145$42,620,30110Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$21,011462%184107$114$47,861,07710Lionsgate / Summit
15Alex Cross$20,11175%175-39$115$25,686,0919Lionsgate / Summit
16Hotel Transylvania$17,364--136-60$128$143,867,01412Sony / Columbia
17Paranormal Activity 4$13,976882%157109$89$53,765,5949Paramount
18Seven Psychopaths$13,33430%100-41$133$14,957,63810CBS Films
19The Man With the Iron Fists$10,505-4%105-76$100$15,579,6707Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$78,884876%3632$2,191$190,9042Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$26,75491%14-3$1,911$384,2634Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$21,8366%98-93$223$26,561,7648Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,9675%520$269$10,184,66435Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$13,22541%46-17$288$1,046,2257Entertainment One / RKO
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,993213%84-6$107$160,974,64823Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,09786%300$203$21,495,93189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$5,014114%61-20$82$55,941,27018Focus
9The Intouchables$3,788155%2513$152$13,055,59830Weinstein Company
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,37535%45-31$75$17,521,0028Open Road
11Hecho en Mexico$3,11339%10-16$311$134,9033Lionsgate / Pantelion
12House at the End of the Street$3,05768%41-27$75$31,599,30813Relativity Media
13The Master$2,049-4%14-9$146$15,905,18714Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$1,8353%10-15$184$7,886,02914Roadside Attractions
15Let Fury Have the Hour$1,177--1--$1,177$1,1771CAVU Pictures
16This Must Be the Place$86830%3-2$289$140,0397Weinstein Company