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, Jan. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,454,72137%4,1000$2,306$238,001,3253Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,227,88679%3,0100$3,066$77,833,4971Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$7,611,87022%2,8146$2,705$80,579,1101Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,663,0740%3,3678$1,385$38,656,4241Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,265,05126%3,3520$1,272$51,815,6932Paramount
6This is 40$3,657,07045%2,9141$1,255$42,609,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,463,3236%1,9660$1,253$136,652,4208Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$2,063,86614%2,4310$849$24,834,7872Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,944,35135%2,6180$743$21,958,3312Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,553,96830%2,0550$756$92,891,6276Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,395,8504%1,6370$853$292,300,1218Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,311,28733%1,17867$1,113$86,951,1036Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$604,98058%1,1918$508$287,027,8737Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,353,59820%7450$1,817$29,812,5847Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$817,88323%8400$974$8,908,7242Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$616,96127%9130$676$176,606,9809Disney
4Argo$322,3649%3450$934$109,043,28412Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$168,82252%3010$561$145,490,51214Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$162,68037%218-19$746$10,987,6857Focus
7Flight$133,33227%4000$333$92,111,8839Paramount
8Hitchcock$125,39819%349-2$359$5,216,6056Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$117,06458%42523$275$43,585,1166FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$104,19654%252-17$413$43,703,85212Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$65,39968%232-8$282$139,001,77813Fox
12Pitch Perfect$41,17573%183-7$225$64,468,54314Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$38,62328%2680$144$12,756,5404FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,06573%125-1$225$17,356,12215Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$25,384110%162-10$157$40,792,11815Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$160,9456%845$1,916$2,050,8424Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$116,33958%50$23,268$1,559,0712Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$69,98953%150$4,666$598,7922Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$67,95830%25--$2,718$294,3181Focus
5The Sessions$21,64748%805$271$5,550,95711Fox Searchlight
6Not Fade Away$19,03015%1916$1,002$131,3542Paramount Vantage
7To the Arctic 3D$16,553-26%520$318$10,535,17837Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$14,3304%37-2$387$1,295,2939Entertainment One / RKO
9Killing Them Softly$13,325122%680$196$14,849,9555Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,25639%62-2$214$161,152,85525Fox
11Looper$11,16366%84-9$133$66,486,20514Sony / TriStar
12Sinister$10,651131%820$130$48,072,20712Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$10,27314%300$342$21,642,86491Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Alex Cross$9,64673%771$125$25,879,13411Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$7,36190%450$164$26,793,03410Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$6,82930%114$621$13,139,03232Weinstein Company
17Talaash$6,003110%16-9$375$2,860,0125Reliance Entertainment
18Paranormal Activity 4$5,206140%500$104$53,892,20011Paramount
19The Master$4,33249%130$333$15,963,89916Weinstein Company
20ParaNorman$2,938105%22-1$134$55,998,92620Focus
21The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,9472%150$130$669,2896Warner Bros.
22Arbitrage$1,922118%72$275$7,911,53516Roadside Attractions