'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. 16 - Sun, Aug. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,637,312--2,933--$8,400$24,637,3121Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$17,964,164-32%3,32565$5,403$69,697,6492Warner Bros. / New Line
3Elysium$13,686,832-54%3,2840$4,168$56,001,1382Sony / TriStar
5Kick-Ass 2$13,332,955--2,940--$4,535$13,332,9551Universal
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,753,723-39%3,08049$2,842$39,282,3812Fox
7Jobs$6,713,900--2,381--$2,820$6,713,9001Open Road
82 Guns$5,806,850-48%2,471-557$2,350$59,456,1953Universal
9The Smurfs 2$4,769,626-49%2,349-1518$2,030$57,081,8153Sony / Columbia
10The Wolverine$4,518,631-44%2,058-809$2,196$120,551,7874Fox
11Despicable Me 2$3,908,735-34%1,818-577$2,150$346,114,8557Universal
12The Conjuring$3,885,296-41%2,001-649$1,942$127,838,1665Warner Bros. / New Line
13Paranoia$3,528,376--2,459--$1,435$3,528,3761Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$1,708,266-53%1,241-861$1,377$127,393,6966Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Blue Jasmine$2,291,183-2%229110$10,005$9,421,7644Sony Pictures Classics
2Turbo$1,078,888-54%759-1012$1,421$77,658,1685Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Chennai Express$893,457-60%190-6$4,702$4,014,6572UTV Motion Pictures
4The Heat$881,561-55%691-660$1,276$155,473,1938Fox
5The Way, Way Back$737,363-51%457-323$1,613$17,850,6037Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$713,141-54%444-536$1,606$98,389,6086Warner Bros.
7Red 2$686,414-65%715-859$960$50,961,3055Lionsgate / Summit
8Fruitvale Station$520,106-63%477-351$1,090$14,639,6836Weinstein Company
9Man of Steel$512,308-32%365-61$1,404$289,633,84910Warner Bros.
10Monsters University$461,394-33%281-124$1,642$261,134,9989Disney
11World War Z$437,376-33%307-198$1,425$198,303,5099Paramount
12Iron Man 3$314,484441%190119$1,655$408,195,47416Disney
13The Lone Ranger$222,905-23%184-77$1,211$87,707,8767Disney
15Star Trek Into Darkness$194,283-33%210-46$925$227,161,81514Paramount
16Now You See Me$152,4736%134-9$1,138$115,998,50012Lionsgate / Summit
18White House Down$98,735-39%107-52$923$72,117,1698Sony / Columbia
19Fast & Furious 6$95,880-35%141-50$680$238,454,14513Universal
20The Croods$74,979-21%114-28$658$186,992,79222Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Internship$67,323-33%100-36$673$44,553,01211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Spectacular Now$413,35855%5536$7,516$1,075,2853A24
2In a World...$228,110223%3734$6,165$331,6672Roadside Attractions
3Blackfish$190,970-18%9716$1,969$1,383,2265Magnolia Pictures
420 Feet from Stardom$121,064-38%95-17$1,274$4,083,80910RADiUS-TWC
5This Is The End$89,298-24%58-44$1,540$96,677,93210Sony / Columbia
6Hubble 3D$71,878-19%12-1$5,990$40,303,083179Warner Bros. / IMAX
7After Earth$56,208-27%77-32$730$60,522,09712Sony / Columbia
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$46,817-45%88-47$532$144,812,79615Warner Bros.
9The Attack$44,924-49%30-15$1,497$1,451,5579Cohen Media Group
10The Act of Killing$44,25015%293$1,526$312,2405Drafthouse Films
11Austenland$40,662--4--$10,166$40,6621Sony Pictures Classics
13Pain and Gain$38,186210%8667$444$49,847,90317Paramount
14Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$33,232-46%32-45$1,039$32,230,9077Lionsgate / Summit
15Museum Hours$32,93268%162$2,058$280,4588Cinema Guild
16Unfinished Song$31,416-42%43-10$731$1,572,4729Weinstein Company
17Space Station 3D$30,602-12%10$30,602$88,860,667592IMAX
18Still Mine$29,186-50%26-5$1,123$966,1646IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Hunt$27,88821%315$900$500,9846Magnolia Pictures
20When Comedy Went to School$27,832152%137$2,141$81,1483International Film Circuit
21Prince Avalanche$26,888-27%173$1,582$85,1252Magnolia Pictures
22Hannah Arendt$26,64610%172$1,567$576,17112Zeitgeist Films
23Ain't Them Bodies Saints$26,419--3--$8,806$26,4191IFC Films
24Under the Sea 3D$26,31431%80$3,289$33,493,296236Warner Bros. / IMAX
25I'm So Excited$25,168-51%31-21$812$1,275,6068Sony Pictures Classics
26Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,465-42%36-17$652$4,220,36211Roadside Attractions
27Drug War$21,73162%135$1,672$69,3384Variance Films / Well Go USA
28Cutie and the Boxer$21,098--3--$7,033$21,0981RADiUS-TWC
29Tiny Times 2$20,652--6--$3,442$20,6521China Lion Film
30Before Midnight$19,200-58%23-33$835$7,983,14713Sony Pictures Classics
31Underdogs (2013)$18,722--4--$4,681$18,7221Freestyle Releasing
32To the Arctic 3D$16,470-18%131$1,267$13,420,30070Warner Bros. / IMAX
33You Will Be My Son$15,301--1--$15,301$15,3011Cohen Media Group
34Europa Report$14,814-46%122$1,235$88,9633Magnolia / Magnet
35Mud$13,887-57%28-16$496$21,566,68217Roadside Attractions
36Born to Be Wild 3D$12,34210%11-3$1,122$22,888,978124Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Snake and Mongoose$12,089-40%21$6,045$41,0112Rocky Mountain Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$11,8002%132$908$45,815,688390Warner Bros. / IMAX
39A Hijacking$11,217431%139$863$386,1689Magnolia Pictures
40Fill the Void$11,022-15%201$551$1,742,13713Sony Pictures Classics
41The Artist and the Model$10,052-45%50$2,010$67,7343Cohen Media Group
42Only God Forgives$9,459-36%16-1$591$766,1295RADiUS-TWC
43Spark: A Burning Man Story$9,366--2--$4,683$78,1991Paladin / Film Buff
44Frances Ha$9,103-31%12-3$759$4,018,12314IFC Films
45Love Is All You Need$7,657-18%8-4$957$1,601,39116Sony Pictures Classics
46The Patience Stone$6,987--2--$3,494$9,3611Sony Pictures Classics
47The Bling Ring$5,784-66%18-22$321$5,824,52410A24
48Crystal Fairy$5,44329%177$320$172,5246IFC Films
49The Canyons$5,309-52%95$590$43,4833IFC Films
50I Give It a Year$5,103-6%64$851$13,3752Magnolia Pictures
51The Happy Sad$4,560--2--$2,280$4,5601Miasma Films
52Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,83819%31$1,279$40,1046Variance Films
53Inch'Allah$3,391--1--$3,391$455,1811eOne Films US
54A Band Called Death$3,2881311%2-1$1,644$118,5278Drafthouse Films
55Computer Chess$3,000-47%3-2$1,000$86,2075Kino Lorber
56Stuck in Love$2,779--5--$556$76,1187Millennium Entertainment
57The Wall$2,26078%30$753$29,04312Music Box Films
58Augustine$2,2278%2-1$1,114$104,89014Music Box Films
59Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$2,040-91%2-14$1,020$1,635,5666Reliance Entertainment
60Drew: The Man Behind the Poster$1,764--1--$1,764$2,3331Kino Lorber
61Free the Mind$1,732-65%3-1$577$100,70216International Film Circuit
62Stories We Tell$1,730-72%8-2$216$1,576,71515Roadside Attractions
63Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$1,453--1--$1,453$34,50520Cinema Guild
64Storm Surfers 3D$1,286-20%20$643$115,09217XLrator Media
65Girl Rising$1,170--7--$167$1,513,49824Gathr Films
66Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,14018%10$1,140$109,50118Kino Lorber
67Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,140-52%2-1$570$368,07825International Film Circuit
68Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,119--1--$1,119$1,1191First Run Features
69Rising From Ashes$1,04820%1-1$1,048$13,4403First Run Features
70More Than Honey$973-66%41$243$66,24210Kino Lorber
71Girl Most Likely$691-91%2-10$346$1,374,6655Roadside Attractions
72Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$591--1--$591$48,04018Rialto Pictures
73Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$584-86%3-2$195$98,1267Magnolia Pictures
74Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$561--1--$561$25,14924Rialto Pictures
75Searching For Sugar Man$282-82%10$282$3,695,90456Sony Pictures Classics
76Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$248-7%10$248$147,31918Kino Lorber
77√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$8774%21$44$16,75811Magnolia Pictures