'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, Jul. 15 - Sun, Jul. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$169,189,427--4,375--$38,672$169,189,4271Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,328,545-55%3,917-190$5,445$302,878,7973Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$17,777,464-37%3,13494$5,672$60,149,6032Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$12,330,512-39%3,4820$3,541$42,382,9782Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$8,407,529-45%3,249-741$2,588$165,389,7544Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$7,857,076--2,405--$3,267$7,857,0761Disney
7Bad Teacher$5,152,447-42%2,659-303$1,938$88,457,6394Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$2,664,550-55%2,287-689$1,165$31,719,5603Universal
9Super 8$1,970,377-59%1,459-833$1,350$122,287,3596Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,368,355-57%1,002-994$1,366$61,473,0165Fox
11Monte Carlo$1,318,448-65%1,169-1304$1,128$20,110,4713Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$1,876,588-29%706-113$2,658$41,778,6989Sony Pictures Classics
3Green Lantern$1,359,133-57%973-1042$1,397$112,789,1665Warner Bros.
4Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$960,548--100--$9,605$960,5481Eros International
5X-Men: First Class$635,586-57%470-377$1,352$143,455,8577Fox
6The Tree of Life$626,723-21%235-2$2,667$10,090,4898Fox Searchlight
7The Hangover Part II$504,803-58%455-380$1,109$251,881,9538Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$493,155-53%373-249$1,322$237,353,6349Disney
9Kung Fu Panda 2$460,755-47%354-296$1,302$160,074,5298Paramount / DreamWorks
12A Better Life$338,2962%21663$1,566$1,039,0364Summit
13Rio (2011)$323,269-22%241-31$1,341$141,932,57614Fox
14Buck$301,980-22%137-14$2,204$2,223,0135IFC Films
15Fast Five$214,145-18%212-29$1,010$209,142,63512Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$143,61277%21443$671$14,369,5556Relativity Media
17Water for Elephants$88,238-29%120-48$735$58,461,50113Fox
18Soul Surfer$83,802-36%126-34$665$43,853,42415Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

1Le Sens de l'humour$311,778-33%890$3,503$1,499,2822Alliance Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$192,513-20%480$4,011$9,186,06415Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$137,74723%2218$6,261$294,2702Sony Pictures Classics
4Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$134,005--24--$5,584$134,0051Fox Searchlight
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$127,80110%6311$2,029$609,7075Magnolia Pictures
6Hubble 3D$114,259-10%312$3,686$27,176,88170Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Delhi Belly$106,629-72%67-23$1,591$1,427,7053UTV Communications
8The Trip (2011)$94,357-10%413$2,301$1,090,7686IFC Films
9Tabloid$91,201--14--$6,514$91,2011IFC Films
10Terri$77,28473%3022$2,576$242,5283IDP/ATO Pictures
11Something Borrowed$75,38014%74-39$1,019$38,955,88911Warner Bros.
12The Undefeated (2011)$65,132--10--$6,513$65,1321Cinedigm
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$55,841-44%87-25$642$53,311,94813Lionsgate
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$51,637-20%10-1$5,164$3,565,771623D Entertainment
16Cave of Forgotten Dreams$50,284-39%480$1,048$4,909,75312IFC Films
17Project Nim$49,04590%2218$2,229$87,8402Roadside Attractions
18The Lincoln Lawyer$42,288-32%72-34$587$57,981,88918Lionsgate
19Under the Sea 3D$36,173-19%14-1$2,584$29,173,572127Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Incendies$35,410-1%386$932$6,650,16513Sony Pictures Classics
21Bride Flight$28,059-9%17-6$1,651$325,3486Music Box Films
22The Names of Love$23,005-8%121$1,917$156,7234Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,9984%10$20,998$59,8452International Film Circuit
24The Double Hour$20,550-38%22-6$934$1,388,63714IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Gerry (2011)$20,010-60%23-22$870$1,844,7545Entertainment One Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$14,861-62%8-15$1,858$216,9554Hannover House
27Life, Above All$13,788--5--$2,758$13,7881Sony Pictures Classics
28Meek's Cutoff$13,70251%131$1,054$931,43615Oscilloscope
29Passione: A Musical Adventure$12,94719%42$3,237$93,4034Abramorama
30Queen to Play$12,596-38%90$1,400$428,75416Zeitgeist Films
31Trollhunter$10,369-46%201$518$174,3136Magnolia / Magnet
32Bill Cunningham New York$9,788-27%6-3$1,631$1,418,74618Zeitgeist Films
33Submarine$8,874-47%14-5$634$398,9887Weinstein Company
34In a Better World$8,594-29%10-8$859$937,27716Sony Pictures Classics
35Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,261-55%19-23$435$10,134,75412Weinstein Company
36The Last Mountain$8,083125%52$1,617$101,1427Dada Films
37Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,940-55%5-5$1,588$239,5344Abramorama
38Salvation Boulevard$7,208--4--$1,802$7,2081IFC Films
39Win Win$7,145-49%7-10$1,021$10,179,27518Fox Searchlight
4013 Assassins$6,977-24%173$410$776,54212Magnolia / Magnet
41If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,928424%53$1,386$34,0064Oscilloscope
42Everything Must Go$5,164-41%12-5$430$2,677,46710Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$4,983--2--$2,492$4,9831Zeitgeist Films
44The Conspirator$4,890-19%10-5$489$11,521,42114Roadside Attractions
45Rapt$4,852-17%10$4,852$18,0922Lorber Films
46Rejoice and Shout$4,700-61%70$671$82,2747Magnolia Pictures
47Trigun: Badlands Rumble$4,054-86%2-10$2,027$43,7322Eleven Arts
48Ranchero$3,826--2--$1,913$3,8261Indican Pictures
49The Sleeping Beauty$3,553-41%21$1,777$13,1682Strand Releasing
5035 and Ticking$3,411-24%51$682$90,0699Image Entertainment
51The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,343-22%21$1,672$37,9144Rialto Pictures
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,242425%43$811$142,68416Lorber Films
53Film Socialisme$2,795--2--$1,398$26,9627Lorber Films
54Murder 2$2,735-93%260$105$59,4722Eros International
55Beautiful Boy$2,71727%1-2$2,717$77,2477Anchor Bay Films
56Small Town Murder Songs$2,6935510%32$898$25,2578Monterey Media
57Hesher$2,37612%32$792$377,17710Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58City of Life and Death$2,261-59%40$565$93,23910Kino International
59Hobo with a Shotgun$2,101-37%5-1$420$695,41211Magnolia / Magnet
60The Salvation Poem$1,994-68%20$997$902,77940CanZion Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,735--1--$1,735$21,74210Argot Pictures
62How To Live Forever$1,605-46%21$803$42,96710Variance Films
63Pianomania$1,539--1--$1,539$13,9768First Run Features
64Road to Nowhere$1,03923%41$260$29,0746Monterey Media
65Beginning of the Great Revival$983-84%1-7$983$151,3054China Lion Film
66Daylight (2011)$959--1--$959$9591Cinema Purgatorio
67The Perfect Host$943-71%2-1$472$17,4203Magnolia Pictures
68Blank City$791-75%1-2$791$115,57615Insurgent Releasing
69Potiche$768-79%1-2$768$1,613,22717Music Box Films
70The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$7490%4-4$187$629,49913Sony Pictures Classics
71Into Eternity$706--3--$235$52,76324International Film Circuit
72Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$701-65%10$701$15,75410Strand Releasing
73The Arbor$658453%10$658$14,15712Strand Releasing
74Chillar Party$502-88%4-3$126$6,1492UTV Communications
75Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$500-62%1-1$500$179,64420Strand Releasing
77Viva Riva!$354-90%1-4$354$46,5196Music Box Films
78My Perestroika$335-86%2-1$168$238,81117International Film Circuit
79The Robber$329-21%10$329$72,08012Kino International
80Winter in Wartime$263-85%1-3$263$531,64518Sony Pictures Classics
81Putty Hill$139--1--$139$48,64422Cinema Guild