'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, Aug. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$27,832,307-49%3,69143$7,541$105,208,2262Fox
2The Help$26,044,590--2,534--$10,278$35,918,4161Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$18,031,396--3,155--$5,715$18,031,3961Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$13,733,081-34%3,42732$4,007$101,778,7413Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$13,330,118--2,888--$4,616$13,330,1181Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$7,811,305-50%3,310-444$2,360$81,674,0153Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,251,414-42%2,414-761$3,004$357,337,3555Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$7,210,902-45%2,835-785$2,544$156,971,1084Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,054,228-41%2,635-385$2,677$55,526,5243Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$6,306,645-53%2,9130$2,165$25,838,8502Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$5,961,231--2,040--$2,922$5,961,2311Fox
12Horrible Bosses$2,438,498-47%1,338-687$1,822$110,003,1446Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$1,846,455-61%1,294-1104$1,427$53,079,3374Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,384,632-55%886-968$1,563$347,268,8007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$1,003,255-54%748-976$1,341$75,800,6906Sony / Columbia
3Midnight in Paris$703,277-28%328-71$2,144$49,664,59813Sony Pictures Classics
4Cars 2$659,901-46%494-432$1,336$186,196,5578Disney
5Sarah's Key$486,096-11%10134$4,813$2,024,0254Weinstein Company
6Green Lantern$405,943268%242134$1,677$115,037,1449Warner Bros.
7Winnie the Pooh$387,446-52%409-307$947$25,295,5105Disney
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$386,856-5%294-33$1,316$66,094,2919Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$351,096-30%252-38$1,393$163,433,62712Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$329,678-27%254-20$1,298$239,679,52013Disney
12Bad Teacher$203,827-40%149-201$1,368$97,901,4218Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: First Class$187,809-49%183-53$1,026$145,688,54611Fox
14The Hangover Part II$181,664-38%232-71$783$253,941,29212Warner Bros.
15The Tree of Life$158,988-38%118-52$1,347$12,472,58512Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$108,276-36%108-66$1,003$125,520,06110Paramount
17Buck$108,232-43%101-25$1,072$3,537,7419IFC Films
19Larry Crowne$92,960-42%166-63$560$35,565,9757Universal
20Monte Carlo$87,412-32%124-17$705$22,689,4887Fox
21Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$82,058-54%104-12$789$1,195,8675Fox Searchlight
22Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$71,398-61%1000$714$2,987,5775Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Aarakshan$342,801--91--$3,767$342,8011Reliance Big Pictures
2The Guard$282,67847%4728$6,014$670,0823Sony Pictures Classics
3The Devil's Double$260,26331%8956$2,924$698,7943Lionsgate
4Born to Be Wild 3D$225,317-1%490$4,598$11,310,34519Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sur le Rythme$180,524--73--$2,473$335,0331Entertainment One Films
6Another Earth$164,418-4%8227$2,005$699,0594Fox Searchlight
7Hubble 3D$117,7987%29-3$4,062$28,149,71774Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Whistleblower$115,39589%2215$5,245$202,7762IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Attack the Block$107,95139%4032$2,699$454,0873Sony / Screen Gems
10The Trip (2011)$79,421-35%55-5$1,444$1,732,78610IFC Films
11Senna$73,497--2--$36,749$73,4971Producers Distribution Agency
12Rio (2011)$69,607-50%99-40$703$143,478,28018Fox
13Le Sens de l'humour$66,538-41%41-20$1,623$3,062,1166Alliance Films
14Point Blank$66,20039%2112$3,152$196,4143Magnolia / Magnet
15The Future$63,695-26%202$3,185$234,5523Roadside Attractions
16Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$55,356-29%35-3$1,582$1,039,4426Sony Pictures Classics
18Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$47,197-47%14-2$3,371$405,9793Viva Entertainment
19Under the Sea 3D$42,272-7%11-3$3,843$29,577,515131Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$40,776-20%179$2,399$334,4436International Film Circuit
21Tabloid$36,963-19%314$1,192$539,2355IFC Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,940-23%10-1$3,394$3,915,580663D Entertainment
24Gun Hill Road$23,382-38%107$2,338$75,4092Motion Film Group
25Project Nim$23,033-2%18-3$1,280$307,6216Roadside Attractions
26Page One: Inside the New York Times$22,718-43%23-20$988$1,000,2379Magnolia Pictures
27Terri$20,053-41%214$955$540,4117IDP/ATO Pictures
28Space Station 3D$19,832--2--$9,916$84,155,490487IMAX
29Cave of Forgotten Dreams$18,418-48%15-13$1,228$5,205,66516IFC Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$17,713-20%12-3$1,476$336,6458Hannover House
31A Better Life$17,428-57%51-23$342$1,697,9738Summit
32Magic Trip$17,18420%73$2,455$40,7982Magnolia Pictures
33The Names of Love$16,711--9--$1,857$274,4218Music Box Films
34Life in a Day$16,265-55%17-2$957$191,7173National Geographic
35The Interrupters$14,355304%20$7,178$33,1203Cinema Guild
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,9045%20$6,452$35,5492Music Box Films
37Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$12,858-54%55-33$234$15,000,99410Relativity Media
39In a Better World$12,46126%153$831$999,04620Sony Pictures Classics
40Passione: A Musical Adventure$11,576-28%50$2,315$180,2588Abramorama
41Incendies$10,315-47%11-4$938$6,798,89017Sony Pictures Classics
42Bride Flight$8,919-52%12-7$743$446,44810Music Box Films
43Trollhunter$8,55916%14-2$611$234,15810Magnolia / Magnet
44The Double Hour$7,355-45%12-4$613$1,497,07118IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$7,272--1--$7,272$11,3051Lorber Films
46El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,346-48%10$6,346$59,1533Alive Mind Cinema
48Queen to Play$4,050-17%4-1$1,013$474,48820Zeitgeist Films
4935 and Ticking$3,782-66%50$756$113,88813Image Entertainment
50The Last Mountain$3,5167%52$703$120,10711Dada Films
51The Tree$3,433589%64$572$24,1305Zeitgeist Films
52Submarine$3,19613%7-3$457$466,70211Weinstein Company
53The Perfect Host$3,181-40%61$530$38,0417Magnolia Pictures
54Gerry (2011)$2,944-61%3-2$981$1,962,8889Entertainment One Films
55If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,85275%2-2$1,426$58,9578Oscilloscope
5613 Assassins$2,80480%2-2$1,402$799,05116Magnolia / Magnet
57Life, Above All$2,712-69%4-8$678$74,7355Sony Pictures Classics
58The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$2,631-45%2-1$1,316$59,9048Rialto Pictures
59Bill Cunningham New York$2,347-31%40$587$1,468,29522Zeitgeist Films
60Meek's Cutoff$2,197-48%40$549$975,77019Oscilloscope
61The Myth of the American Sleepover$1,974-77%1-2$1,974$37,2664IFC Films
62Rapt$1,901367%21$951$32,7196Lorber Films
63Salvation Boulevard$1,617-66%41$404$25,1065IFC Films
64City of Life and Death$1,56529%31$522$101,56914Kino International
65Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,525-17%30$508$260,5278Abramorama
66Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,27776%31$426$236,60748Collective Eye
67Rejoice and Shout$1,255-53%4-1$314$95,05811Magnolia Pictures
68Everything Must Go$1,191-62%3-5$397$2,702,54214Roadside Attractions
69Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,1155%10$1,115$56,7436Eleven Arts
70Good Neighbors$1,088137%31$363$6,8053Magnolia Pictures
71Octubre$1,058--1--$1,058$21,54315New Yorker Films
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,050--1--$1,050$31,13514First Run Features
733D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$903--1--$903$9031China Lion Film
74My Dog Tulip$835--1--$835$246,57450New Yorker Films
75The Conspirator$812247%20$406$11,533,40918Roadside Attractions
76Tuesday, After Christmas$751--2--$376$25,41612Lorber Films
77Pianomania$720-63%1-1$720$19,42612First Run Features
78Small Town Murder Songs$708180%21$354$31,13312Monterey Media
79My Perestroika$689--2--$345$240,69321International Film Circuit
80The Robber$679-60%10$679$79,87116Kino International
81Summer (2011 re-issue)$667--1--$667$28,49710The Film Desk
82The Sleeping Beauty$518--1--$518$24,5086Strand Releasing
83Road to Nowhere$424-67%10$424$38,56310Monterey Media
84Leap Year (2011)$357--1--$357$9,8448Strand Releasing
85Poetry$177-91%10$177$355,04427Kino International
86Into Eternity$130-57%10$130$55,16728International Film Circuit
87The Salvation Poem$125-89%1-1$125$915,50244CanZion Films
88Daylight (2011)$100--1--$100$2,8045Cinema Purgatorio