'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. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

1The Conjuring$41,855,326--2,903--$14,418$41,855,3261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$24,906,360-43%3,820-183$6,520$276,006,3953Universal
3Turbo$21,312,625--3,806--$5,600$31,015,3841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$19,872,150-52%3,4910$5,692$79,388,0262Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,048,422--3,016--$5,984$18,048,4221Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$16,002,231-57%3,28510$4,871$68,282,5232Warner Bros.
8The Heat$9,303,788-34%2,689-439$3,460$129,271,2244Fox
9World War Z$5,191,541-44%2,066-937$2,513$186,932,6085Paramount
10Monsters University$5,121,878-52%2,186-956$2,343$249,114,1325Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,380,047-62%2,273-1631$1,927$81,291,2903Disney
12White House Down$2,400,246-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,8754Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,819,387-61%1,050-1100$1,733$285,000,4746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Way, Way Back$2,200,62296%304225$7,239$4,592,8923Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,034,217-57%748-144$2,720$29,947,0173Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,179,821-59%622-772$1,897$94,429,9136Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$694,477--351--$1,979$694,4771Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$436,092-67%333-517$1,310$114,410,7088Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$397,335-20%1354$2,943$2,425,3216RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$387,263-44%250-153$1,549$225,120,96610Paramount
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$334,07499%302177$1,106$143,664,02811Warner Bros.
10Fast & Furious 6$322,250-41%279-113$1,155$237,121,2259Universal
11The Internship$225,3223%202-31$1,115$43,582,1227Fox
12The Croods$209,673-18%212-31$989$186,039,19618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13After Earth$196,383-28%189-49$1,039$59,755,0508Sony / Columbia
14Before Midnight$169,531-42%107-47$1,584$7,392,4909Sony Pictures Classics
15Iron Man 3$154,608-36%145-54$1,066$407,144,47212Disney
16The Purge$129,475-20%156-23$830$64,064,4107Universal
17The Hangover Part III$113,212-43%202-63$560$111,883,4479Warner Bros.
18Lootera$6,070-92%1000$61$581,8133Eros International
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$3,302-57%1610$21$3,827,4668Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Fruitvale Station$739,48491%3427$21,750$1,331,6972Weinstein Company
2Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$328,174-49%96-43$3,418$1,189,9612Reliance Entertainment
3Only God Forgives$313,958--78--$4,025$313,9581RADiUS-TWC
4Unfinished Song$156,307-35%88-3$1,776$1,070,5465Weinstein Company
5I'm So Excited$152,84745%5028$3,057$674,0894Sony Pictures Classics
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$145,305-43%95-43$1,530$3,832,5097Roadside Attractions
7The Attack$127,379--46--$2,769$910,9405Cohen Media Group
8Mud$94,980-30%77-36$1,234$21,240,34213Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$91,88939%155$6,126$39,598,638175Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fill the Void$83,990-36%61-3$1,377$1,552,5779Sony Pictures Classics
11Still Mine$76,807286%1915$4,042$536,0472IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Blackfish$75,962--5--$15,192$75,9621Magnolia Pictures
13The Bling Ring$70,020-56%38-59$1,843$5,628,6116A24
14The Hunt$56,60832%95$6,290$123,9372Magnolia Pictures
15Ramaiya Vastavaiya$52,514--67--$784$52,5141Reliance Entertainment
16Frances Ha$50,321-25%32-25$1,573$3,869,79710IFC Films
17The Rooftop$47,259--17--$2,780$47,2591Well Go USA
18The Kings of Summer$39,204-46%35-21$1,120$1,290,2228CBS Films
19The East$35,655-62%31-40$1,150$2,209,5238Fox Searchlight
2042 (2013)$33,316-45%85-20$392$95,001,34315Warner Bros.
21Pain and Gain$29,282-61%70-80$418$49,735,74013Paramount
22Space Station 3D$28,2009%20$14,100$88,557,282588IMAX
23The Act of Killing$27,450--1--$27,450$27,4501Drafthouse Films
24Hannah Arendt$27,438-23%215$1,307$399,6928Zeitgeist Films
25To the Arctic 3D$25,88327%17-1$1,523$13,233,28266Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Crystal Fairy$25,6472%97$2,850$66,9802IFC Films
27Under the Sea 3D$24,78222%93$2,754$33,288,108232Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Copperhead$23,847486%3631$662$145,2794Brainstorm Media
29A Hijacking$23,459-55%21-11$1,117$327,7755Magnolia Pictures
30Museum Hours$22,4501%30$7,483$157,0464Cinema Guild
31Stories We Tell$21,198-17%22-6$964$1,516,40511Roadside Attractions
32Born to Be Wild 3D$19,49748%152$1,300$22,745,662120Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$18,81356%92$2,090$68,5613Magnolia Pictures
34Storm Surfers 3D$16,2749%71$2,325$90,20913XLrator Media
35Love Is All You Need$11,766-69%18-17$654$1,537,96212Sony Pictures Classics
36Deep Sea 3D$10,8109%30$3,603$45,693,868386Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Kon-Tiki$10,058-54%9-12$1,118$1,467,13813Weinstein Company
38Computer Chess$9,683--2--$4,842$17,0041Kino Lorber
39The Company You Keep$9,433104%90$1,048$5,120,03016Sony Pictures Classics
40Life of Pi$8,367--18--$465$124,985,00235Fox
41The Iceman$7,59662%149$543$1,959,17512Millennium Entertainment
42Dirty Wars$6,246-23%174$367$344,4177IFC Films
43More Than Honey$5,568-26%3-1$1,856$47,5666Kino Lorber
44One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$5,476-30%51$1,095$83,28611Zeitgeist Films
45V/H/S/2$4,868-51%11-1$443$17,6682Magnolia / Magnet
46What Maisie Knew$4,731-57%8-5$591$1,058,02112Millenium Entertainment
47Byzantium$4,334-64%11-2$394$75,5664IFC Films
48Augustine$4,088-48%4-4$1,022$95,10210Music Box Films
49Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,804-14%21$1,902$9,9102Variance Films
50Pandora's Promise$3,598-48%1-3$3,598$62,5586Abramorama
51Dealin' with Idiots$3,592-58%21$1,796$15,3082IFC Films
52Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,365-21%41$841$516,71912eOne Films US
53Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$3,24349%21$1,622$134,59314Kino Lorber
54An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,238--2--$1,619$63,31413Variance Films
55Scary Movie 5$2,565-97%8-25$321$32,014,28915Weinstein / Dimension
56No Place on Earth$2,448141%31$816$195,28816Magnolia Pictures
57The Sapphires$2,298-76%10-5$230$2,448,45518Weinstein Company
58Leviathan (2013)$2,231--3--$744$71,31621Cinema Guild
59A Band Called Death$2,045-73%4-6$511$103,9134Drafthouse Films
60Stuck in Love$1,956-85%3-12$652$69,4753Millennium Entertainment
61Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$21,97320Rialto Pictures
62Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,867--1--$1,867$39,00214Rialto Pictures
63Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$1,751-68%2-2$876$25,5676First Run Features
64Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,4371139%21$719$102,05714Kino Lorber
65Three Worlds$1,384--1--$1,384$3,9525Film Movement
66Viola$1,364-78%10$1,364$13,1082Cinema Guild
67Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,322--2--$661$32,34316Cinema Guild
68The Wall$1,252--1--$1,252$21,1008Music Box Films
69Shadow Dancer$1,068-64%3-1$356$96,5418Magnolia Pictures
70Escape From Planet Earth$1,005-98%7-48$144$57,011,84723Weinstein Company
71At Any Price$984-74%4-2$246$374,71813Sony Pictures Classics
72Night Across the Street$653-41%10$653$16,36524Cinema Guild
73Searching For Sugar Man$64842%10$648$3,691,66852Sony Pictures Classics
74√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$27444%1-1$274$13,8537Magnolia Pictures
75In the Fog$235-84%30$78$10,7196Strand Releasing
76Not Today$206-95%10$206$317,90315Freestyle Releasing