'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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 21 - Sun, May. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$70,838,207--4,359--$16,251$70,838,2071Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$26,361,258-49%4,177-213$6,311$251,026,0613Paramount
3Robin Hood$18,769,000-48%3,5052$5,355$66,166,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$9,006,266-33%2,9757$3,027$27,332,5072Summit
5Just Wright$4,290,431-48%1,8310$2,343$14,697,9712Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$4,043,000--2,551--$1,585$4,043,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$2,913,504-24%1,869-612$1,559$90,748,8187Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,321,000-50%2,125-950$1,092$59,968,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$1,901,211-62%1,751-869$1,086$210,990,9189Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$942,930-61%1,079-1418$874$35,919,7075CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$531,018-76%1,369-1326$388$16,131,7844Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Kites$959,329--208--$4,612$959,3291Reliance Big Cinema
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$537,573-53%561-501$958$41,463,0306Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$484,75710%4118$1,179$332,194,26612Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$446,54921%14138$3,167$2,692,9606Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$423,423-4%234-19$1,810$4,191,60510Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$366,000-70%412-888$888$160,965,0008Warner Bros.
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$342,8375%1780$1,926$6,274,04410Music Box
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$278,032-28%352-116$790$62,344,36510Fox
12Shutter Island$240,937-18%256-54$941$127,564,14114Paramount
13Hot Tub Time Machine$238,000-22%278-180$856$49,584,0009MGM
14The Last Song$220,028-60%357-445$616$61,641,7568Disney
16The Bounty Hunter$148,123-32%170-123$871$65,258,28010Sony / Columbia
17The Losers$127,000-72%185-516$686$23,082,0005Warner Bros.
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$90,189-27%166-43$543$88,480,61815Fox
19Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$68,134-60%133-148$512$59,808,1028Lionsgate
20The Tooth Fairy$53,553-35%115-17$466$59,903,07718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$291,000-10%480$6,063$6,377,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$236,553-5%534$4,463$1,061,5744Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$202,592-6%43-2$4,711$1,608,4916Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$168,07424%600$2,801$827,6734Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$149,234-20%4714$3,175$426,5122Roadside Attractions
6Solitary Man$94,936--4--$23,734$94,9361Anchor Bay
7Mother and Child$82,38936%3713$2,227$231,4193Sony Pictures Classics
8The Ghost Writer$77,696-34%86-64$903$15,208,52014Summit
9La Mission$61,0009%35-1$1,743$796,0007Screen Media
10Our Family Wedding$50,862-19%84-19$606$20,165,79511Fox Searchlight
11Under the Sea 3D$42,00014%180$2,333$22,105,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Holy Rollers$39,685--3--$13,228$39,68517First Independent Pictures
14Casino Jack and the United States of Money$26,44644%198$1,392$95,6033Magnolia
15The Secret of Kells$23,710-1%23-3$1,031$496,71412GKIDS
16Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,028-25%40$5,757$113,8713Kino International
17Chloe$20,0877%24-5$837$2,994,6749Sony Pictures Classics
18Racing Dreams$20,048--33--$608$20,0481Hanover House
19The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$18,983-27%191$999$115,1864IFC
20Letters to God$18,000-31%39-36$462$2,823,0007Vivendi
21The Runaways$17,867-12%30-19$596$3,560,50810Apparition
22Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$17,663-23%14-6$1,262$420,91110Zeitgeist
24The City of Your Final Destination$15,000--11--$1,364$254,0006Screen Media Films
25The Square (2010)$13,642-9%12-2$1,137$262,3147Apparition
26OSS 117: Lost in Rio$12,78560%73$1,826$40,17058Music Box
27The Joneses$11,287-57%27-29$418$1,426,5836Roadside Attractions
28Best Worst Movie$10,66230%21$5,331$31,2085Area23a
29The Father of My Children$10,414--1--$10,414$10,4141IFC Films
30A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$10,286-33%18-15$571$2,047,93613Sony Classics
31180┬░ South$10,269--4--$2,567$10,2691Magnolia
32The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$9,787--1--$9,787$28,9437International Film Circuit
33Broken Embraces$9,037-51%11-9$822$5,009,11927Sony Classics
34Deadfall Trail$8,87019%52$1,774$20,6652Nocturnal Features
35Looking for Eric$8,85631%64$1,476$20,3572IFC
36Crazy Heart$8,443-55%28-22$302$39,455,07523Fox Searchlight
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,57521%60$1,263$23,178,565138National Geographic
38Touching Home$6,700--7--$957$89,0004CFI
39Sweetgrass$6,69987%40$1,675$158,03335Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$6,25514%41$1,564$316,31024Westchester Films
41The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$5,900--5--$1,180$438,00017First Run Features
42The Good, the Bad, the Weird$5,834-61%8-7$729$86,0037IFC
43Two in the Wave$5,676--1--$5,676$8,1001Lorber Films
44The Last Station$5,381-34%10-8$538$6,594,68119Sony Pictures Classics
45The Art of the Steal (2010)$5,347-33%12-5$446$541,02713IFC Films
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$5,309-25%126$442$64,5476IFC
47John Rabe$4,892--3--$1,631$4,8921Strand
48Lbs.$4,062--1--$4,062$27,3019Truly Indie
49Terribly Happy$4,04284%30$1,347$165,08816Oscilloscope
50Madeo (Mother)$3,955-11%9-4$439$512,75752Magnolia
51When You're Strange$3,801-24%30$1,267$229,4007Abramorama
52Daddy Longlegs$3,359-60%21$1,680$15,5772Sundance Selects
53U2 3D$2,722110%10$2,722$10,327,967122National Geographic
54Everyone Else$2,524-49%3-1$841$53,99249Cinema Guild
55After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$2,501--1--$2,501$2,5011Variance Films
56The Oath$2,418-3%21$1,209$18,4603Zeitgeist
57The Girl on the Train (2010)$2,300-24%61$383$199,00018Strand Releasing
58The Living Wake$2,155-44%10$2,155$8,2972Mangusta Productions
59North Face (Nordwand)$1,884-73%3-8$628$704,13117Music Box Films
60Multiple Sarcasms$1,698-35%3-3$566$28,9433New Films International
61The Eclipse$1,688-68%5-2$338$113,8849Magnolia
62Ajami$1,594-82%3-10$531$584,57436Kino International
63The Good Heart$1,440-46%4-2$360$19,9594Magnolia
64Perrier's Bounty$828--1--$828$8281IFC
65The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$653-59%1-5$653$7,689,45822Sony Pictures Classics
66October Country$616143%1-13$616$22,09515International Film Circuit
67A Town Called Panic$475-13%1-1$475$158,06423Zeitgeist Films
68In/Significant Others$275-80%10$275$2,4272Fourth Ward Productions
69The White Ribbon$249-82%2-1$125$2,221,76321Sony Classics
70Happiness Runs$88-97%1-1$88$7,1993Strand