'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, Jul. 1 - Sun, Jul. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$97,852,865--4,088--$23,937$162,618,2121Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$26,273,387-60%4,1150$6,385$117,204,0022Disney
3Bad Teacher$14,506,592-54%3,0490$4,758$59,952,5632Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$13,096,065--2,973--$4,405$13,096,0651Universal
5Super 8$7,922,218-34%3,088-336$2,565$108,465,2454Paramount
6Monte Carlo$7,453,944--2,473--$3,014$7,453,9441Fox
7Green Lantern$6,556,612-64%3,280-536$1,999$102,244,8963Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,537,956-45%2,861-481$1,936$50,562,6783Fox
10X-Men: First Class$2,950,918-56%1,602-1031$1,842$138,662,6455Fox
11The Hangover Part II$2,391,733-57%1,568-1187$1,525$248,243,6156Warner Bros.
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,190,508-56%1,473-771$1,487$233,738,4017Disney
13Kung Fu Panda 2$1,664,822-60%1,281-1246$1,300$156,859,4896Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$3,579,967-14%858-93$4,172$33,780,0397Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$1,068,340-20%22813$4,686$7,571,7766Fox Searchlight
4Buck$480,88365%13177$3,671$1,011,3783IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$446,961-16%308-36$1,451$140,479,50912Fox
7Fast Five$332,215-35%302-156$1,100$208,303,66010Universal
8Water for Elephants$171,314-33%234-58$732$58,026,26711Fox
9Soul Surfer$163,683-22%205-35$798$43,400,45113Sony / TriStar
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$135,478-78%221-670$613$13,936,9874Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$112,541477%14094$804$53,011,19011Lionsgate
12Something Borrowed$100,720-55%191-112$527$38,677,2739Warner Bros.
14The Lincoln Lawyer$88,910-35%138-51$644$57,786,12316Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Delhi Belly$581,943--89--$6,539$581,9431UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$224,130-1%470$4,769$8,199,85613Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$168,168--53--$3,173$168,1681Viva Entertainment
4The Trip (2011)$160,6713%402$4,017$764,6354IFC Films
5Gerry (2011)$126,727-77%78-17$1,625$1,600,1593Entertainment One Films
6Page One: Inside the New York Times$124,521175%3821$3,277$238,6243Magnolia Pictures
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$110,082-23%60-15$1,835$4,633,69210IFC Films
8Hubble 3D$103,767-8%30-4$3,459$26,675,34068Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Better Life$97,75657%117$8,887$181,4262Summit
10Double Dhamaal$86,278-71%41-13$2,104$477,8232Reliance Big Pictures
11Terri$65,103--6--$10,851$65,1031IDP/ATO Pictures
12Source Code$63,589-7%66-40$963$54,640,98714Summit
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,137-14%110$4,649$3,341,232603D Entertainment
14Incendies$48,388-31%42-20$1,152$6,531,39711Sony Pictures Classics
16Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$42,011-57%17-7$2,471$183,4232Abramorama
17Trollhunter$40,835103%2112$1,945$104,4794Magnolia / Magnet
18Under the Sea 3D$40,7333%13-2$3,133$28,996,557125Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Turtle: The Incredible Journey$40,007-42%16-8$2,500$135,9812Hannover House
20The Double Hour$39,016-21%25-5$1,561$1,299,56612IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21African Cats$31,166-84%30-92$1,039$15,378,91611Disneynature
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$29,535-46%68-46$434$10,056,71610Weinstein Company
23Limitless$27,762-40%55-30$505$79,230,92316Relativity Media
24Submarine$27,232-35%20-6$1,362$342,0245Weinstein Company
25The Names of Love$27,013-11%83$3,377$71,2782Music Box Films
26Beginning of the Great Revival$26,622-60%23-6$1,157$125,8792China Lion Film
27Bride Flight$24,841-26%18-1$1,380$231,6154Music Box Films
28Queen to Play$21,989202%106$2,199$372,10114Zeitgeist Films
30Passione: A Musical Adventure$18,63021%21$9,315$51,2582Abramorama
31Bill Cunningham New York$17,018-23%11-1$1,547$1,369,52716Zeitgeist Films
3213 Assassins$16,063-12%221$730$742,41310Magnolia / Magnet
33Jane Eyre (2011)$14,075-56%26-25$541$11,210,24817Focus
34In a Better World$12,124-36%287$433$900,39714Sony Pictures Classics
35Summer (2011 re-issue)$11,954--1--$11,954$17,2844The Film Desk
36Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,785-58%31-27$380$52,671,36315Fox
37Win Win$11,148-50%18-14$619$10,143,68616Fox Searchlight
38I Am (2011)$11,020-1%7-6$1,574$1,570,25120Paladin
39Meek's Cutoff$9,021-41%15-2$601$894,27113Oscilloscope
40Love Etc.$8,781--2--$4,391$8,7811Paladin
41Everything Must Go$8,213-47%19-14$432$2,648,5128Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$7,506-44%15-10$500$11,501,53312Roadside Attractions
43The Perfect Host$7,505--2--$3,753$7,5051Magnolia Pictures
44The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$7,27323%21$3,637$18,2362Rialto Pictures
45Rejoice and Shout$7,026-36%61$1,171$55,7395Magnolia Pictures
46Hobo with a Shotgun$6,304-32%10-2$630$684,5049Magnolia / Magnet
47The First Grader$4,832-43%7-4$690$325,6918National Geographic
48Winter in Wartime$4,229-40%4-6$1,057$526,26116Sony Pictures Classics
49Crime After Crime$3,215--1--$3,215$3,2151mTuckman Media
50The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$3,087--1--$3,087$18,6378Argot Pictures
5135 and Ticking$3,05267%21$1,526$78,9167Image Entertainment
52Viva Riva!$2,981-68%50$596$38,8314Music Box Films
53Leap Year (2011)$2,7310%21$1,366$6,9672Strand Releasing
54Road to Nowhere$2,535-36%40$634$25,0054Monterey Media
55Beautiful Boy$2,493-56%40$623$68,9835Anchor Bay Films
56Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,176406%10$2,176$254,84826First Run Features
57If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,124-62%20$1,062$22,1292Oscilloscope
58Aurora$2,105--1--$2,105$3,0031Cinema Guild
59The Art of Getting By$2,067-98%7-300$295$1,425,8393Fox Searchlight
60Hesher$1,71132%20$856$371,9888Wrekin Hill Entertainment
61My Perestroika$1,710-62%4-1$428$235,17715International Film Circuit
62Battle for Brooklyn$1,280-43%10$1,280$17,9803Rumur
63City of Life and Death$1,191-91%3-6$397$81,7408Kino International
64Blank City$1,19050%10$1,190$108,42213Insurgent Releasing
65The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,123-39%3-3$374$624,54711Sony Pictures Classics
66Of Gods and Men$983-83%4-3$246$3,958,82719Sony Pictures Classics
67Kings of Pastry$918--1--$918$336,09542First Run
68The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$731-12%1-1$731$137,39014Lorber Films
69Small Town Murder Songs$698-81%3-3$233$21,2006Monterey Media
70How To Live Forever$674-85%1-3$674$37,6458Variance Films
71The Music Never Stopped$5950%53$119$250,87016Roadside Attractions
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$570-67%10$570$28,4128First Run Features
73Octubre$53287%10$532$18,4179New Yorker Films
74Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$358-53%1-1$358$11,9238Strand Releasing
75Korkoro$234-3%10$234$8,14715Lorber Films