'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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 31

Wide (1000+)

1Cowboys & Aliens$36,431,290--3,750--$9,715$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$35,611,637--3,395--$10,489$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$25,554,303-61%3,7150$6,879$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$21,977,093-54%4,145-230$5,302$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$19,104,303--3,020--$6,326$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$9,275,692-50%2,9260$3,170$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$7,189,365-40%2,510-594$2,864$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,086,311-49%2,604-771$2,337$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$4,301,893-51%2,418-797$1,779$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$2,349,142-58%1,763-905$1,332$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$1,777,625-66%1,632-773$1,089$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$1,156,947-36%471-150$2,456$46,851,96611Sony Pictures Classics
3Bad Teacher$842,740-68%765-1269$1,102$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
4Kung Fu Panda 2$662,153109%31969$2,076$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$467,542-50%412-179$1,135$64,625,4697Fox
6The Hangover Part II$399,02634%34671$1,153$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
7Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$348,092-48%1000$3,481$2,562,4583Eros International
8The Tree of Life$332,997-40%196-34$1,699$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$303,794-60%325-333$935$124,973,8318Paramount
10X-Men: First Class$287,509-17%254-41$1,132$144,723,8429Fox
11Larry Crowne$263,005-74%335-700$785$35,107,9455Universal
14Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$205,376-34%166-80$1,237$238,433,76811Disney
15Rio (2011)$184,065-39%174-36$1,058$143,021,06816Fox
16Green Lantern$183,505-52%135-286$1,359$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
17Buck$178,919-33%111-12$1,612$3,013,7577IFC Films
18Fast Five$138,110-19%125-49$1,105$209,688,23514Universal
19Monte Carlo$135,839-71%168-192$809$22,275,8955Fox
20A Better Life$76,724-64%108-74$710$1,585,5586Summit
21Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$64,068-53%161-29$398$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Sarah's Key$366,690217%3328$11,112$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$244,633-1%491$4,993$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$183,896-8%9332$1,977$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Le Sens de l'humour$162,182-26%69-18$2,350$2,571,6184Alliance Films
5Attack the Block$139,506--8--$17,438$137,5801Sony / Screen Gems
6Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$125,811--18--$6,990$125,8111Viva Entertainment
7Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$117,549-19%43-11$2,734$791,6004Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$117,300-3%281$4,189$27,676,97472Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Another Earth$109,22641%2016$5,461$221,4922Fox Searchlight
10The Trip (2011)$99,394-23%559$1,807$1,420,8638IFC Films
11The Devil's Double$96,414--5--$19,283$96,4141Lionsgate
12The Guard$76,834--4--$19,209$76,8341Sony Pictures Classics
13Tabloid$73,322-39%376$1,982$392,4633IFC Films
14Singham$63,692-60%39-11$1,633$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
15Page One: Inside the New York Times$59,388-38%52-13$1,142$873,5497Magnolia Pictures
16Under the Sea 3D$53,01511%130$4,078$29,384,306129Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Life in a Day$45,202--11--$4,109$89,2021National Geographic
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,980-15%100$4,198$3,751,664643D Entertainment
19Point Blank$41,031--6--$6,839$41,0311Magnolia / Magnet
20Terri$39,313-55%24-12$1,638$450,0845IDP/ATO Pictures
21Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$35,584-38%80$4,448$199,0544International Film Circuit
22Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,546-35%32-6$1,111$5,102,89114IFC Films
23Project Nim$31,774-37%212$1,513$227,0484Roadside Attractions
24The Future$27,137--1--$27,137$27,1371Roadside Attractions
25The Names of Love$25,611162%91$2,846$208,8556Music Box Films
26Bride Flight$25,081-3%192$1,320$400,8688Music Box Films
27Water for Elephants$24,951-62%41-50$609$58,664,10015Fox
28Space Station 3D$22,35412%10$22,354$84,060,071485IMAX
29Incendies$20,217-50%22-7$919$6,747,43515Sony Pictures Classics
31A Little Help$19,360-57%240$807$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
32The Double Hour$17,841-39%17-3$1,049$1,459,26216IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,756--1--$12,756$20,6991Alive Mind Cinema
34Turtle: The Incredible Journey$12,068-53%7-5$1,724$282,8046Hannover House
35In a Better World$11,57878%157$772$963,91418Sony Pictures Classics
36Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,586-27%3-1$3,529$131,6096Abramorama
37Submarine$10,466-51%191$551$449,3039Weinstein Company
38Delhi Belly$9,228-74%7-18$1,318$1,524,3865UTV Communications
39Meek's Cutoff$9,03733%72$1,291$959,35117Oscilloscope
40The Interrupters$7,920--1--$7,920$7,9201Cinema Guild
41The Myth of the American Sleepover$7,704-11%21$3,852$19,7332IFC Films
42Trollhunter$7,588-26%12-9$632$206,7928Magnolia / Magnet
43Queen to Play$6,962-50%6-6$1,160$460,40918Zeitgeist Films
44Bill Cunningham New York$5,173-54%5-1$1,035$1,448,26820Zeitgeist Films
45The Salvation Poem$5,008--13--$385$908,90442CanZion Films
46How To Live Forever$4,974--2--$2,487$51,37912Variance Films
47Life, Above All$4,615-70%5-5$923$55,1013Sony Pictures Classics
48The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$4,2051505%97$467$634,90815Sony Pictures Classics
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$3,69690%32$1,232$48,6336Rialto Pictures
50Crime After Crime$3,460--2--$1,730$21,1415mTuckman Media
51Everything Must Go$3,245-46%8-1$406$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
52Good Neighbors$2,953--3--$984$2,9531Magnolia Pictures
53The Perfect Host$2,444-2%41$611$25,2675Magnolia Pictures
5413 Assassins$2,397-50%7-1$342$791,65314Magnolia / Magnet
55The Harvest$2,245--1--$2,245$2,2451Cinema Libre
56Hobo with a Shotgun$2,20512%4-1$551$701,37913Magnolia / Magnet
57The Tree$2,087-65%3-1$696$18,2173Zeitgeist Films
58The First Grader$1,773--3--$591$332,30612National Geographic
59The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,770--1--$1,770$24,48912Argot Pictures
60Salvation Boulevard$1,62668%20$813$16,4263IFC Films
61The Robber$1,515--1--$1,515$74,41214Kino International
62If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,349-78%3-2$450$53,0106Oscilloscope
63Hesher$1,30029%20$650$382,94612Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Rapt$1,223-79%1-2$1,223$30,0604Lorber Films
65Tuesday, After Christmas$1,164--1--$1,164$24,47710Lorber Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,070-67%31$357$23,0924Strand Releasing
67Road to Nowhere$1,009-72%2-3$505$35,7388Monterey Media
68Viva Riva!$1,000-73%40$250$52,6848Music Box Films
69Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$985-52%20$493$232,67846Collective Eye
70Rejoice and Shout$895-60%3-1$298$88,0759Magnolia Pictures
71The Last Mountain$876-77%2-1$438$112,1709Dada Films
72Making The Boys$706--1--$706$33,44321First Run Features
73The Music Never Stopped$631227%2-2$316$256,59020Roadside Attractions
74Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$598-28%10$598$181,93122Strand Releasing
75Daylight (2011)$59615%0-1--$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio
76Winter in Wartime$594-89%2-3$297$542,86020Sony Pictures Classics
7735 and Ticking$571-47%2-1$286$94,65211Image Entertainment
78The Conspirator$510-91%3-7$170$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
79Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$461--1--$461$16,64612Strand Releasing
80Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$430--1--$430$259,36230First Run Features
81Pianomania$338--1--$338$15,34410First Run Features
82Potiche$313-40%10$313$1,618,84419Music Box Films
83The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$286-86%1-2$286$149,40118Lorber Films
84Film Socialisme$25519%10$255$27,4329Lorber Films
85The Arbor$203-87%1-1$203$17,16214Strand Releasing