'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. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables$16,968,032-51%3,2700$5,189$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$12,202,831--3,233--$3,774$18,566,7331Fox
3Eat Pray Love$12,111,162-48%3,0820$3,930$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$10,652,297--1,973--$5,399$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$10,163,337-42%3,472-179$2,927$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$10,106,872--2,470--$4,092$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$8,436,713--2,012--$4,193$8,436,7131Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$8,407,685--2,784--$3,020$8,407,6851Universal
9Inception$7,838,179-31%2,401-719$3,265$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$5,201,970-51%2,8202$1,845$20,898,2552Universal
11Despicable Me$4,662,065-33%2,236-687$2,085$231,056,9907Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$3,520,805-44%2,149-897$1,638$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$3,150,401-54%1,592-847$1,979$36,868,9513Disney
14Salt$2,510,012-60%1,794-1040$1,399$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,701,134-59%1,580-1148$1,077$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Toy Story 3$1,523,124-31%730-489$2,086$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$818,213-40%404-426$2,025$18,239,7257Focus
3Get Low$713,79489%14693$4,889$1,697,8774Sony Pictures Classics
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$566,864-56%557-655$1,018$297,216,7988Summit
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$476,035-58%472-517$1,009$60,605,5266Disney
6Charlie St. Cloud$475,545-78%647-1436$735$30,346,1404Universal
7Grown Ups$427,136-63%424-544$1,007$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
8Ramona and Beezus$402,882-52%388-244$1,038$24,288,6525Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$378,103-27%314-58$1,204$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$375,8053%1715$2,198$5,769,9137Music Box
11Hubble 3D$350,02026%15197$2,318$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Shrek Forever After$277,464-23%232-22$1,196$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$260,3720%277-33$940$75,679,5299Fox
14Winter's Bone$211,965-2%130-6$1,631$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
16The Last Airbender$188,596-47%223-141$846$130,085,6438Paramount
17Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$174,365-24%186-16$937$90,402,16213Disney
18The A-Team$108,366-26%151-53$718$76,980,76111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$199,657--33--$6,050$777,6571Samuel Goldwyn
2Peepli Live$162,914-53%706$2,327$600,6272UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$131,77967%3115$4,251$357,5713IFC
4I Am Love$112,373-20%83-19$1,354$4,398,58510Magnolia
5Animal Kingdom$101,440--22--$4,611$198,4822Sony Pictures Classics
6Under the Sea 3D$73,985-9%160$4,624$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Extra Man$60,025-17%332$1,819$277,4954Magnolia
8Restrepo$59,249-19%44-8$1,347$1,049,7979National Geographic
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$56,32410%273$2,086$390,4805NeoClassics
10The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$55,0467%173$3,238$268,3773National Geographic
11The Concert$53,235-6%201$2,662$288,5075Weinstein Company
12The Tillman Story$52,185--4--$13,046$52,1851Weinstein Company
13What If...$49,770--23--$2,164$49,7701Five & Two Pictures
14Flipped$49,709-58%29-15$1,714$570,5773Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$41,87717%411$1,021$9,937,66223Music Box
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$41,017-37%47-19$873$1,558,33411Sony Pictures Classics
17La Soga$36,330-31%209$1,817$110,96827-57 Releasing
18A Film Unfinished$34,060--4--$8,515$47,7801Oscilloscope
19Lebanon$33,95996%1512$2,264$95,97345Sony Pictures Classics
20Cyrus$33,715-34%56-28$602$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
22Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$23,927186%42$5,982$140,2805Arthouse Films
23Soul Kitchen$20,916--2--$10,458$20,9161IFC
24Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$20,201-35%30-13$673$2,871,56711IFC
25Solitary Man$19,562-12%19-9$1,030$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
26Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,342-11%10-3$1,934$3,180,53119Producers Distribution Agency
27Life During Wartime$18,993-28%15-5$1,266$216,9515IFC
28Patrik, Age 1.5$17,751109%94$1,972$38,5353Here Films
29Letters to Juliet$17,208-47%35-26$492$53,021,56015Summit
30The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,439-40%8-4$1,930$110,3083Anchor Bay
31Middle Men$15,068-84%16-236$942$723,7143Paramount
32Date Night$15,026-38%23-10$653$98,684,12320Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,65795%125$1,138$293,56413Lorber
34Please Give$12,380-33%18-5$688$3,973,40617Sony Pictures Classics
35Winnebago Man$11,536135%70$1,648$117,4817Kino International
36Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,484155%64$1,747$274,70213Rialto
37Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$10,05427%19-2$529$339,7519Sony Pictures Classics
38Tales From Earthsea$9,940-52%50$1,988$41,0292Disney
39Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$9,710--1--$9,710$36,39110The Film Desk
40The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$9,416-39%9-6$1,046$6,318,05919Sony Pictures Classics
41Micmacs$8,490-41%240$354$1,170,02513Sony Classics
42Army of Crime$8,102--3--$2,701$8,1021Lorber
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,129-9%51$1,226$662,30423Zeitgeist
44Countdown to Zero$5,902-2%6-4$984$248,2735Magnolia
46Spoken Word$2,691-54%3-1$897$22,5925Variance
47Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$2,616-44%21$1,308$9,8382First Run Features
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,375-12%30$792$23,284,314151National Geographic
50Mother and Child$2,110-76%13-2$162$1,095,68616Sony Pictures Classics
51U2 3D$1,98226%10$1,982$10,362,088135National Geographic
52Everyone Else$1,855-37%1-1$1,855$91,85362Cinema Guild
53City Island$1,732-28%4-4$433$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
54Brotherhood (2009)$1,71179%10$1,711$7,6733Olive Films
55Salt of This Sea$1,543-69%10$1,543$9,4932
56Altiplano$1,269--1--$1,269$1,2691First Run
57To the Sea$1,23173%21$616$31,6496Film Movement
58Ajami$1,205153%21$603$621,24049Kino International
59Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,204-93%1-5$1,204$346,56116Kino International
60Sweetgrass$1,199--1--$1,199$203,85448Cinema Guild
61Princess Kaiulani$1,167-64%1-2$1,167$869,84215Roadside Attractions
62The Sicilian Girl$1,164-74%21$582$19,6283Music Box
63The Law$1,1000%10$1,100$15,9379Oscilloscope
64Small Change (2009 re-issue)$927--1--$927$32,66039The Film Desk
65Only When I Dance$835-11%10$835$7,1508Film Movement
66Orlando (2010 re-issue)$779-88%51$156$53,7735Sony Pictures Classics
67Behind the Burly Q$760--1--$760$21,28618First Run Features
68The Beaches of Agnes$733--1--$733$239,71160Cinema Guild
69Kings of the Evening$535-11%10$535$98,03528Indican Pictures
70Videocracy$363--1--$363$23,56728Lorber Films
71Holy Rollers$345-51%10$345$302,88630First Independent Pictures
72Spring Fever$273-84%10$273$10,47812Strand
73The Nature of Existence$228-80%10$228$37,55410Walking Shadows
74Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$158-80%1-1$158$45,8519Kino International
75Stonewall Uprising$100-86%1-1$100$118,67510First Run Features