'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, Oct. 15 - Sun, Oct. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Jackass 3D$50,353,641--3,081--$16,343$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$21,761,408--3,255--$6,686$21,761,4081Summit
3The Social Network$10,317,395-33%2,86897$3,597$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
5Life As We Know It$8,955,409-38%3,1500$2,843$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,228,236-39%2,502-723$1,690$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$3,977,006-38%2,368-352$1,679$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$3,170,310-54%2,529-43$1,254$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$2,633,456-39%2,314-533$1,138$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,363,166-49%2,045-784$1,156$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$1,215,987-52%1,588-744$766$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$1,206,817-55%1,406-806$858$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$830,676-66%1,211-831$686$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

1It's Kind of a Funny Story$1,223,455-39%75715$1,616$4,005,1612Focus
4Alpha and Omega$823,085-45%969-647$849$22,567,6215Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$742,72516%18279$4,081$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Toy Story 3$534,680-4%350-43$1,528$412,844,16818Disney
7Inception$348,326-29%297-106$1,173$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$347,264-72%438-574$793$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
9Despicable Me$345,280-1%332-21$1,040$247,050,99515Universal
10Nowhere Boy$340,851546%215211$1,585$412,2142Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$327,083-5%23265$1,410$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$275,9672%11844$2,339$1,266,3434Sony Pictures Classics
13I Want Your Money$249,428--537--$464$249,4281Freestyle
14Catfish$210,540-46%116-27$1,815$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
15The Expendables$190,37653%30681$622$102,981,57110Lionsgate
16Takers$185,202-52%215-197$861$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$178,14427%30388$588$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
18Mao's Last Dancer$151,571-17%116-5$1,307$3,993,9619Samuel Goldwyn
19Salt$148,124-37%200-66$741$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
21The Other Guys$111,724-43%174-115$642$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22Nanny McPhee Returns$102,420-31%205-113$500$28,893,1859Universal
23Lottery Ticket$88,361-39%138-56$640$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
24Grown Ups$77,136-28%114-45$677$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
25The American$71,959-16%144-30$500$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

1Stone$229,959204%4135$5,609$343,1002Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$220,322--6--$36,720$220,3221Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$175,1954%611$2,872$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$102,351--11--$9,305$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Inside Job$85,595116%108$8,560$148,4312Sony Pictures Classics
6Get Low$54,995-36%96-47$573$8,905,33712Sony Pictures Classics
7The Sorcerer's Apprentice$49,800-27%77-32$647$63,099,28314Disney
8Anjaana Anjaani$46,618-60%910$512$827,3033Eros
10Under the Sea 3D$46,121-9%16-2$2,883$24,479,52388Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Vampires Suck$42,599-59%87-103$490$36,588,5539Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$36,424-33%77-42$473$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
14Like Dandelion Dust$31,681--31--$1,022$312,3884Blue Collar Releasing
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,360-25%49-34$579$300,523,11316Summit
16Ramona and Beezus$27,374-44%54-52$507$26,091,42613Fox
17Jack Goes Boating$26,427-53%49-41$539$428,1345Relativity / Overture
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$25,384-35%44-12$577$7,524,96215Music Box
19The Switch (2010)$21,071-42%58-45$363$27,544,1329Miramax
21Tamara Drewe$19,6346%109$1,963$49,8002Sony Pictures Classics
22What If...$19,398-6%20-12$970$650,1699Five & Two Pictures
24I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17,211-46%11-1$1,565$66,0192Anchor Bay
25The Salvation Poem$17,151--5--$3,430$223,9751CanZion Films
26Enter the Void$17,072-20%2-7$8,536$173,8044IFC Films
28The Kids Are All Right$15,608-22%28-3$557$20,803,23715Focus
29Going the Distance (2010)$14,177-78%58-138$244$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
30The Tillman Story$12,386-29%17-7$729$690,6829Weinstein Company
31Piranha 3D$12,076-59%28-26$431$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
32Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$11,406--1--$11,406$14,2141Zeitgeist Films
332012: Time for Change$11,382--2--$5,691$54,0711Mangusta Productions
34Winter's Bone$11,077-50%34-18$326$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,522-13%9-1$1,169$563,81811National Geographic
37Animal Kingdom$10,3166%19-7$543$934,84310Sony Pictures Classics
38Cairo Time$9,437-59%24-25$393$1,557,50911IFC
39I Am Love$9,088-28%10-4$909$4,958,83818Magnolia
40Step Up 3D$8,997-41%10-7$900$42,257,78711Disney
41Lovely, Still$8,924195%82$1,116$106,5596Monterey Media
42Last Train Home$8,642-57%6-6$1,440$173,2687Zeitgeist Films
43Kings of Pastry$7,793-38%82$974$115,0265First Run
44Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$7,34479%81$918$112,7816Lorber
45Mademoiselle Chambon$7,088-9%70$1,013$480,97421Lorber
46My Dog Tulip$7,083329%54$1,417$78,3047New Yorker Films
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,71333%20$3,357$23,332,747159National Geographic
49The Concert$5,674-32%9-1$630$641,42413Weinstein Company
50A Film Unfinished$5,090-18%40$1,273$243,4839Oscilloscope
51Fool for Love (2010)$5,078-51%5-1$1,016$158,2386Variance Films
52Budrus$4,928--2--$2,464$16,8352Balcony Releasing
54Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,498--5--$900$332,02821Rialto
55Exit Through the Gift Shop$4,199185%20$2,100$3,283,63327Producers Distribution Agency
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,73637%60$623$241,5897Music Box
58A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,5822%176$211$164,6957Sony Pictures Classics
59Soul Kitchen$3,404-43%16-4$213$256,4549IFC
60The Extra Man$3,227104%71$461$450,27312Magnolia
61Restrepo$3,225--5--$645$1,312,44017National Geographic
62Down Terrace$3,088--2--$1,544$3,0881Magnolia
63Lebanon$2,996-42%14-9$214$345,57553Sony Pictures Classics
64Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,501-65%6-4$417$506,0138Music Box
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,203-57%20$1,102$38,9415Collective Eye
66GasLand$2,187701%21$1,094$30,8465International WOW
67I'm Still Here$2,001-58%4-7$500$403,2156Magnolia
68Hideaway (2009)$1,87178%54$374$28,2736Strand
69Please Give$1,514170%2524$61$4,033,26825Sony Pictures Classics
70Winnebago Man$1,502-22%2-3$751$178,17415Kino International
71The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,402--1--$1,402$207,32339Strand Releasing
72Micmacs$1,224-57%5-2$245$1,260,91721Sony Classics
73Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$1,007-60%6-2$168$1,724,88219Sony Pictures Classics
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$930-64%50$186$394,84117Sony Pictures Classics
75Carmo, Hit the Road$835--1--$835$8351First Run
77The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$779-25%62$130$10,073,84631Music Box
78The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$701-3%1-1$701$6,390,01427Sony Pictures Classics
79Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$50,86218The Film Desk
80The Disappearance of Alice Creed$639-52%1-1$639$165,89311Anchor Bay
81Army of Crime$620--1--$620$29,6479Lorber
82The Sicilian Girl$532--1--$532$65,56711Music Box
83Enemies of the People$457--1--$457$21,71012International Film Circuit
84Everyone Else$340-13%10$340$100,51370Cinema Guild
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$277--1--$277$20,05414Flicker Alley
86Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$268-86%20$134$452,51524Kino International
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$26517%10$265$19,21910First Run Features
88Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$69,42020Indican Pictures
89Mother and Child$237-52%20$119$1,110,28624Sony Pictures Classics
90Around a Small Mountain$87-89%10$87$28,64015Cinema Guild
91Behind the Burly Q$36-97%10$36$23,85926First Run Features