'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, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

1Lone Survivor$37,849,91044504%2,8752873$13,165$38,231,4713Universal
2Frozen (2013)$14,728,118-25%3,239-79$4,547$317,319,1068Disney
3The Legend Of Hercules$8,868,318--2,104--$4,215$8,868,3181Lionsgate / Summit
4The Wolf of Wall Street$8,839,220-33%2,521-36$3,506$78,425,7713Paramount
5American Hustle$8,302,205-33%2,629111$3,158$101,265,1335Sony / Columbia
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,022,353-49%3,075-655$2,609$242,226,7885Warner Bros. / New Line
7Saving Mr. Banks$6,556,216-25%2,671561$2,455$68,927,4425Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,284,630-66%2,88316$2,180$28,456,0192Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,838,849-45%3,012-395$1,939$118,256,7934Paramount
10Her (2013)$5,383,775645%1,7291682$3,114$8,783,0754Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,383,208-38%1,762-381$2,488$413,775,8598Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,302,846-46%2,584-338$1,665$52,593,6083Fox
13Grudge Match$1,907,216-64%2,005-851$951$28,410,6463Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$1,644,310-67%1,359-1331$1,210$36,444,1953Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$1,405,976-62%1,339-1221$1,050$33,715,0034Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,090,856-63%1,040-434$1,049$51,854,7535Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1August: Osage County$7,158,2655016%905900$7,910$7,703,6503Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,882,54875%729573$2,582$9,315,6746CBS Films
3Philomena$1,385,067-4%6070$2,282$21,941,0958Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$885,46343%521281$1,700$8,215,1179Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$419,092-12%155-10$2,704$256,224,79615Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$393,076-26%303-26$1,297$19,742,81010Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$330,155-25%264-14$1,251$118,068,91216Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$314,894-34%257-34$1,225$203,934,48010Disney
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$275,067-74%363-647$758$7,760,2707Weinstein Company
1012 Years a Slave$270,760-18%114-37$2,375$38,904,53513Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$239,889-21%125-3$1,919$16,681,97211Focus
12Last Vegas$177,580-11%240-17$740$63,392,48911CBS Films
13Free Birds$157,622-25%232-21$679$55,122,44811Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$135,415-23%192-28$705$101,830,23212Paramount
15Captain Phillips$95,475-21%1149$838$104,987,52614Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$90,452-11%1363$665$116,427,14922Weinstein Company
17Delivery Man$79,589-19%133-12$598$29,984,2698Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$66,445-31%137-14$485$368,049,63528Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

1Dhoom 3$99,244-68%43-95$2,308$8,031,9554Yash Raj Films
2The Suspect$86,137--20--$4,307$86,1371Well Go USA
3The Past$78,305125%1712$4,606$248,7574Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$71,793-20%38-5$1,889$1,080,9999Janus Films
5The Invisible Woman$44,11263%95$4,901$170,2363Sony Pictures Classics
6Escape Plan$38,807-23%77-7$504$25,121,29113Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$36,516-22%69-2$529$6,108,04113Roadside Attractions
8The Saratov Approach$32,43759%259$1,297$1,613,59914Purdie Distribution
9Justin Bieber's Believe$29,441-95%75-962$393$6,187,0553Open Road
10Hubble 3D$26,860-54%101$2,686$42,104,491200Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$23,668-14%16-8$1,479$2,112,28012IFC Films
12Enough Said$19,678-7%20-3$984$17,536,78817Fox Searchlight
13Space Station 3D$19,386-55%20$9,693$89,829,013613IMAX
14Blue Jasmine$17,715-9%16-4$1,107$33,082,94925Sony Pictures Classics
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,079-32%33-6$427$68,537,59423Fox
16Out of the Furnace$13,739-40%37-22$371$11,214,8466Relativity Media
17Cold Comes the Night$11,603--21--$553$11,6031Stage 6 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
18The Armstrong Lie$10,27867%12-3$857$359,50410Sony Pictures Classics
19In Bloom$9,280--2--$4,640$9,2801Big World Pictures
20Personal Tailor$9,114-68%4-5$2,279$368,8394China Lion Film
21Kill Your Darlings$8,323-54%10-15$832$1,006,49113Sony Pictures Classics
22Journey to the South Pacific$8,1426%40$2,036$90,1637IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
23To the Arctic 3D$7,3645%71$1,052$13,756,93591Warner Bros. / IMAX
24The Counselor$5,07324%17-4$298$16,969,39012Fox
25If You Build It$4,949--1--$4,949$4,9491Long Shot Factory
26The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box$4,756--82--$58$4,7561RLJ / Image Entertainment
27The Rocket (2013)$4,621--2--$2,311$4,6211Kino Lorber
28Born to Be Wild 3D$4,26324%63$711$23,131,628145Warner Bros. / IMAX
29A Touch of Sin$3,887--6--$648$135,18915Kino Lorber
30Muscle Shoals$3,56763%50$713$677,41216Magnolia Pictures
31Black Nativity$3,499-6%150$233$7,017,1787Fox Searchlight
3220 Feet from Stardom$3,472-5%84$434$4,831,81431RADiUS-TWC
33Raze$3,453--2--$1,727$3,4531IFC Midnight
34Bettie Page Reveals All$3,373-50%6-1$562$88,5158Music Box Films
35Wadjda$3,231-38%9-1$359$1,416,94118Sony Pictures Classics
36Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$3,226--1--$3,226$3,2261Anchor Bay Films
37Under the Sea 3D$3,126-38%40$782$33,718,427257Warner Bros. / IMAX
38The Best Offer$2,323-10%10$2,323$6,0312IFC Films
39Interior. Leather Bar.$2,199-58%21$1,100$9,2692Strand Releasing
40The Punk Singer$2,014-56%7-6$288$121,4187IFC Films
41The Act of Killing$893-54%40$223$464,51826Drafthouse Films
42Camille Claudel 1915$864--1--$864$31,44013Kino Lorber
43Inequality for All$68544%1-3$685$1,194,63916RADiUS-TWC
44Sweet Dreams (2013)$574468%10$574$26,98511International Film Circuit
45Here Comes the Devil$54970%20$275$3,8995Magnolia / Magnet
46The End of Time$370--1--$370$3,1347First Run Features
47Beyond Outrage$365-81%10$365$3,6412Magnolia / Magnet
48Deep Sea 3D$316--1--$316$46,018,207411Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The Last Days on Mars$245-51%20$123$23,8386Magnolia / Magnet