'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 13 - Sun, May. 15

Wide (1000+)

3Fast Five$20,444,270-37%3,793131$5,390$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$14,953,664--2,864--$5,221$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$8,275,058-3%2,929-329$2,825$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$7,066,190-54%2,0350$3,472$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$6,872,221-51%2,9040$2,366$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$4,203,095-31%2,425-189$1,733$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,214,033-47%1,449-432$1,528$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$1,826,788-21%1,468-313$1,244$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,151,268-44%1,276-1229$902$8,562,8613Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

2Source Code$837,279-33%626-304$1,338$52,233,8017Summit
3Everything Must Go$791,676--218--$3,632$791,6761Roadside Attractions
4African Cats$667,187-37%631-404$1,057$14,039,5664Disneynature
6The Conspirator$464,496-25%370-87$1,255$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
7Win Win$405,290-23%248-20$1,634$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
9The Lincoln Lawyer$397,367-15%345-95$1,152$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$358,480-26%298-81$1,203$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Jane Eyre (2011)$337,419-21%2480$1,361$9,971,49710Focus
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$291,37932%311-28$937$51,635,7008Fox
13Scream 4$277,103-60%426-907$650$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
15Arthur (2011)$237,8399%344-11$691$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
16Battle: Los Angeles$186,628-1%225-4$829$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
17Gnomeo and Juliet$182,256-15%194-56$939$99,292,44514Disney
18The Adjustment Bureau$168,920-40%164-51$1,030$62,295,88511Universal
19The Beaver$161,20150%10583$1,535$311,5582Summit
20There Be Dragons$142,288-80%180-79$790$972,9422IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$124,978-37%158-70$791$4,563,8735Rocky Mountain
22Go For It!$119,714--218--$549$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
24Your Highness$95,460-47%148-16$645$21,557,2406Universal
25Sucker Punch$76,455-23%139-71$550$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
26I Am Number Four$58,509-23%102-44$574$54,808,29713Disney / DreamWorks
27Red Riding Hood$58,314-30%100-56$583$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Cave of Forgotten Dreams$471,93317%8232$5,755$1,315,6363IFC Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$323,86312%57-2$5,682$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$134,910116%3322$4,088$380,4504Sony Pictures Classics
4Hesher$126,046--42--$3,001$126,0461Wrekin Hill Entertainment
5I Am (2011)$109,020-42%671$1,627$1,107,28013Paladin
6The Double Hour$106,73833%269$4,105$381,6795IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Meek's Cutoff$96,99058%3011$3,233$344,5536Oscilloscope
8Hubble 3D$92,3015%384$2,429$25,171,64361Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Of Gods and Men$80,382-8%68-16$1,182$3,682,19512Sony Pictures Classics
10Potiche$80,254-27%59-13$1,360$1,330,4938Music Box Films
11In a Better World$65,331-12%513$1,281$617,3157Sony Pictures Classics
12Just Go With It$56,562-35%89-44$636$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,786-18%110$4,799$2,693,331533D Entertainment
1413 Assassins$52,7179%177$3,101$201,5343Magnolia / Magnet
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$49,295-20%5711$865$413,0234Sony Pictures Classics
16Bill Cunningham New York$47,809-19%24-3$1,992$975,0059Zeitgeist Films
17The King's Speech$42,110-27%71-19$593$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
18L'Amour fou$37,250--2--$18,625$37,2501IFC Films
19Under the Sea 3D$37,18441%16-3$2,324$28,399,249118Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Winter in Wartime$32,048-6%264$1,233$365,8239Sony Pictures Classics
21Queen to Play$31,4374%185$1,747$209,2187Zeitgeist Films
22Beastly$26,350-36%46-30$573$27,854,89611CBS Films
23Certified Copy$25,038-34%35-1$715$1,255,80410IFC Films
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,88273%5029$498$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
25The Princess of Montpensier$23,834-26%19-2$1,254$214,9475IFC Films
26Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,029-34%38-14$606$37,892,60513Fox
27The First Grader$20,437--3--$6,812$20,4371National Geographic
28Last Night (2010)$20,130-32%6-4$3,355$67,6362Miramax / Tribeca
29Battle of the Brides$16,816-29%61$2,803$48,4362Variance Films
30Kill the Irishman$15,211-42%13-10$1,170$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
31Cedar Rapids$11,265-46%12-10$939$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
32Dum Maaro Dum$11,242-55%20-13$562$551,3984Fox Searchlight
33My Perestroika$11,19335%125$933$157,2328International Film Circuit
34Mars Needs Moms$10,994-33%27-10$407$20,922,47610Disney
35Lebanon, PA$9,40413%62$1,567$30,3813Truly Indie
36Exporting Raymond$9,209-51%5-4$1,842$83,8943IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37Nostalgia for the Light$8,994106%64$1,499$100,2209Icarus Films
38Biutiful$8,22023%11-5$747$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
39The Tenant (2011)$7,210--3--$2,403$9,5861Indican Pictures
40Poetry$6,748-33%5-3$1,350$320,71814Kino International
41Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$6,702-93%34-430$197$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
42Hobo with a Shotgun$6,689-44%31$2,230$539,3702Magnolia / Magnet
44City of Life and Death$5,610--1--$5,610$7,9471Kino International
45Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$5,457--3--$1,819$5,4571First Run Features
46Skateland$5,254--2--$2,627$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
47The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,153148%32$1,718$101,2357Lorber Films
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,15044%30$1,717$868,75041National Geographic
49Super$4,979-69%15-15$332$315,5057IFC Films
50The Company Men$4,001-62%11-24$364$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
51Octubre$3,797-46%1-1$3,797$14,6232New Yorker Films
52How To Live Forever$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161Variance Films
53Rubber$3,588-40%8-7$449$80,1407Magnolia / Magnet
54The Robber$3,185-68%1-5$3,185$42,2753Kino International
55Circo$3,092-34%2-1$1,546$50,0157First Run Features
56The Salvation Poem$3,069-66%4-1$767$864,82431CanZion Films
57Blank City$3,04332%31$1,014$75,3106Insurgent Releasing
58Henry's Crime$3,035-64%2-3$1,518$94,1956Moving Pictures Film & Television
59Miral$2,866-17%50$573$371,3528Weinstein Company
60Barney's Version$2,801-41%7-9$400$7,470,66018Sony Pictures Classics
61Dumbstruck$2,544163%10$2,544$9,4345Truly Indie
62Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,514--2--$1,257$23,615,670189National Geographic
63The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Argot Pictures
64Ceremony$2,237112%43$559$21,6666Magnolia Pictures
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,998--1--$1,998$1,9981Strand Releasing
66Another Year$1,922216%65$320$3,203,72520Sony Pictures Classics
67Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,913-26%3-1$638$35,6534Variance Films
68American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,807-56%3-1$602$78,6536Variance Films
69The Music Never Stopped$1,618-11%5-2$324$239,5769Roadside Attractions
70My Dog Tulip$1,595138%32$532$245,30837New Yorker Films
71Meet Monica Velour$1,530--1--$1,530$28,3236Anchor Bay Films
72The Last Lions$1,297509%1-3$1,297$631,92513National Geographic
73Into Eternity$1,046--3--$349$34,29815International Film Circuit
74The Arbor$860-73%21$430$12,4243Strand Releasing
75Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$646-64%2-1$323$243,64019First Run Features
76Orgasm Inc.$481--1--$481$46,10414First Run Features
77Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$228-72%2-1$114$158,43711Strand Releasing
78Harvest$130-98%10$130$18,1982Monterey Media