'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, Aug. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables$34,825,135--3,270--$10,650$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$23,104,523--3,082--$7,497$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$17,408,501-51%3,6510$4,768$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$11,285,051-39%3,120-298$3,617$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$10,609,795--2,818--$3,765$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$6,971,355-25%2,923-490$2,385$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$6,905,201-56%2,4394$2,831$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$6,285,179-39%3,04642$2,063$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$6,219,502-43%2,834-483$2,195$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,190,426-39%2,728-977$1,536$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$2,222,731-29%1,219-495$1,823$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$2,113,930-55%2,083-642$1,015$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,279,650-44%1,212-492$1,056$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Kids Are All Right$1,352,585-48%830-164$1,630$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$1,140,893-53%968-801$1,179$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,120,604-53%989-777$1,133$59,538,7645Disney
4Ramona and Beezus$833,589-48%632-846$1,319$23,335,2734Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$518,156-15%372-70$1,393$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$364,484-23%166-12$2,196$5,188,6196Music Box
7Shrek Forever After$360,227-17%254-54$1,418$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Airbender$358,798-49%364-275$986$129,703,6037Paramount
10Knight and Day$260,761-16%310-26$841$75,289,3898Fox
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$229,847363%202134$1,138$90,100,57812Disney
12Winter's Bone$217,007-27%136-5$1,596$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
13The A-Team$146,424-23%204-37$718$76,793,40110Fox
14I Am Love$139,904-30%102-11$1,372$4,195,0319Magnolia
15Iron Man 2$126,878-34%178-46$713$312,057,43315Paramount
17Middle Men$96,198-70%2520$382$639,4142Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Get Low$376,78172%5327$7,109$826,0133Sony Pictures Classics
2Peepli Live$350,054--64--$5,470$350,0541UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$278,143-3%541$5,151$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$119,310-47%44-1$2,712$448,5142Warner Bros.
5Under the Sea 3D$81,41328%163$5,088$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cairo Time$79,03519%1611$4,940$184,5972IFC
7Restrepo$73,442-33%523$1,412$950,0318National Geographic
8The Extra Man$72,11956%3121$2,326$173,1833Magnolia
9Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$64,623-10%6657$979$1,477,71210Sony Pictures Classics
10The Concert$56,883-14%190$2,994$199,0954Weinstein Company
11La Soga$52,554--11--$4,778$52,55417-57 Releasing
12The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,640-24%142$3,689$182,3682National Geographic
13Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$50,977--24--$2,124$309,2624NeoClassics
14Cyrus$50,717-49%84-48$604$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$35,884-17%40-3$897$9,872,88022Music Box
17Letters to Juliet$32,374-47%61-42$531$52,979,56714Summit
18Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$30,901-41%43-30$719$2,835,35810IFC
19Life During Wartime$26,306-29%202$1,315$180,7614IFC
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$25,582-36%122$2,132$82,0432Anchor Bay
21Sex and the City 2$24,677-68%81-119$305$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
22Date Night$24,387-18%33-13$739$98,656,33519Fox
23Solitary Man$22,314-53%28-17$797$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$21,7174%131$1,671$3,150,06818Producers Distribution Agency
25Tales From Earthsea$20,614--5--$4,123$20,6141Disney
26Please Give$18,488-15%23-7$804$3,951,07916Sony Pictures Classics
27Lebanon$17,3011%31$5,767$48,35244Sony Pictures Classics
28Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$16,765140%61$2,794$344,52715Kino International
29The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$15,455-51%15-13$1,030$6,297,62518Sony Pictures Classics
30Micmacs$14,287-31%24-7$595$1,150,74412Sony Classics
31Mother and Child$8,69661%157$580$1,088,14115Sony Pictures Classics
32Patrik, Age 1.5$8,50980%53$1,702$16,4382Here Films
33Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$8,363-33%2-1$4,182$109,3654Arthouse Films
34Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,886-43%2113$376$324,5928Sony Pictures Classics
35Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,278-44%3-37$2,426$64,001,29722Fox
36Mademoiselle Chambon$6,998-31%70$1,000$275,20012Lorber
37Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,764-9%4-1$1,691$650,79922Zeitgeist
38Orlando (2010 re-issue)$6,44827%42$1,612$48,3954Sony Pictures Classics
39Countdown to Zero$6,037-77%10-18$604$240,3144Magnolia
40Spoken Word$5,852216%43$1,463$17,1054Variance
41Salt of This Sea$4,973--1--$4,973$4,9731
42Winnebago Man$4,914-63%7-3$702$103,6386Kino International
43Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$4,645--1--$4,645$4,6451First Run Features
44The Sicilian Girl$4,398-26%10$4,398$16,4002Music Box
45Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,113--2--$2,057$258,74912Rialto
46The People I've Slept With$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161People Pictures
48Twelve$3,437-97%12-219$286$181,5912Hannover House
49Princess Kaiulani$3,231172%32$1,077$866,35814Roadside Attractions
50Everyone Else$2,931--2--$1,466$88,61261Cinema Guild
51The City of Your Final Destination$2,829-10%73$404$493,29618Screen Media Films
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,6844%30$895$23,278,848150National Geographic
53City Island$2,394-52%81$299$6,665,81122Anchor Bay
54The Killer Inside Me$2,272-71%5-6$454$214,9669IFC Films
56Spring Fever$1,693-37%1-1$1,693$8,76811Strand
57U2 3D$1,569-16%10$1,569$10,357,859134National Geographic
58The Oxford Murders$1,51527%21$758$3,6072Magnolia
59The Nature of Existence$1,125-74%1-2$1,125$36,8859Walking Shadows
60The Law$1,097--1--$1,097$14,0018Oscilloscope
61Brotherhood (2009)$955-61%10$955$5,3702Olive Films
62Only When I Dance$933--1--$933$6,3157Film Movement
63Mugabe and the White African$854--1--$854$4,5424First Run
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$772--2--$386$45,5268Kino International
65To the Sea$711-70%1-2$711$30,0405Film Movement
66Holy Rollers$707--1--$707$302,25829First Independent Pictures
67Stonewall Uprising$695-78%2-1$348$118,1559First Run Features
68Kings of the Evening$599-70%10$599$97,12527Indican Pictures
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$557--1--$557$88,82270Music Box
70Ajami$477-53%10$477$619,12348Kino International
71Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$450-65%10$450$65,77011Indican Pictures