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. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,078,82752%4,10055$2,458$123,231,7272Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$5,021,737--3,352--$1,498$5,021,7371Paramount
3This is 40$3,714,075--2,913--$1,275$3,714,0751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$1,566,41982%3,031-356$517$75,360,6495Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Guilt Trip$1,489,79549%2,431--$613$3,520,4091Paramount
6Lincoln$1,392,44956%2,2938$607$112,540,2737Disney / DreamWorks
7Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,390,71197%2,618--$531$2,875,6921Disney
8Skyfall$1,277,88652%2,365-559$540$276,369,6607Sony / Columbia
9Life of Pi$999,52141%1,750-798$571$73,355,7655Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$761,51138%2,000-1042$381$279,767,2456Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$474,85234%1,444-805$329$170,397,3778Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$244,4743%1,011-1239$242$42,076,3775FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$808,188--840--$962$927,5631Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$439,27962%3710$1,184$18,519,3216Weinstein Company
3Argo$209,46748%450-217$465$105,745,13711Warner Bros.
4Flight$181,822-1%742-1081$245$90,461,5098Paramount
5Anna Karenina (2012)$166,63819%331-78$503$9,136,8256Focus
6Hitchcock$152,28628%535-26$285$3,767,5785Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$132,044-48%851-1989$155$12,118,4023FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$82,181--301165$273$144,033,02913Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$59,906--291141$206$42,777,58711Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$58,91973%275-64$214$138,324,01912Fox
11Pitch Perfect$41,73537%214-118$195$64,035,54813Universal
12Killing Them Softly$32,096-61%149-1278$215$14,655,1834Weinstein Company
13The Collection$25,132-31%112-509$224$6,755,6844LD Entertainment
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$22,03938%14116$156$17,091,67514Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$20,25061%1720$118$40,542,32214Open Road
16Looper$9,998-34%100-90$100$66,372,51513Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$115,47611%5--$23,095$344,4881Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$90,999227%8650$1,058$619,9913Focus
3The Impossible$37,726--15--$2,515$37,7261Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$25,49936%151$1,700$540,4565Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$20,5756%98-53$210$5,304,36210Fox Searchlight
6To the Arctic 3D$13,379-2%520$257$10,274,43236Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Cloud Atlas$9,821-32%50-48$196$26,691,8939Warner Bros.
8A Late Quartet$9,48920%39-7$243$1,126,9178Entertainment One / RKO
9Talaash$7,926-31%25-88$317$2,774,0434Reliance Entertainment
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,8278%72-12$109$161,037,81624Fox
11Sinister$7,740-30%93-91$83$47,967,58911Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$7,214-19%94-81$77$25,781,20710Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$5,3342%300$178$21,538,80990Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Not Fade Away$5,314--3--$1,771$5,3141Paramount Vantage
15Paranormal Activity 4$3,411-56%50-107$68$53,841,15810Paramount
16The Master$3,1113%13-1$239$15,924,99515Weinstein Company
17The Intouchables$1,870-57%7-18$267$13,087,61531Weinstein Company
18ParaNorman$1,725-36%24-37$72$55,975,31819Focus
19Arbitrage$791-43%5-5$158$7,896,37715Roadside Attractions