'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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,809,249-32%3,95117$5,520$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,201,345-57%3,49020$5,502$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,844,939--3,115--$5,729$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,615,305-33%3,18370$3,335$68,805,1153Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,075,111--1,896--$4,259$8,075,1111Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,701,309-29%3,040-250$2,533$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,528,497-47%2,990-281$1,849$51,003,2053Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,147,743-27%1,466-194$1,465$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,062,783-33%1,594-407$1,294$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,730,343-43%1,566-782$1,105$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,377,295-32%1,024-299$1,345$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Veronica Mars$1,988,351--291--$6,833$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,222,892-42%925-140$1,322$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$854,351-58%965-749$885$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$670,063-59%624-450$1,074$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$608,422-42%503-102$1,210$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$588,026-63%671-987$876$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$547,289-39%320-64$1,710$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$482,32048%405-85$1,191$62,090,8759Open Road
9The Wind Rises$431,508-52%305-191$1,415$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$420,936-38%502-168$839$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$413,159-40%286-73$1,445$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$369,034-40%281-31$1,313$26,772,38620Focus
13Lone Survivor$268,585-36%316-156$850$124,572,47612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$248,215-28%277-56$896$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,25073%268135$766$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Tim's Vermeer$201,89419%10944$1,852$994,2587Sony Pictures Classics
17Endless Love (2014)$152,885-62%278-258$550$23,393,7655Universal
18Her (2013)$150,628-43%121-34$1,245$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$133,17020%15245$876$50,280,8149Paramount
20That Awkward Moment$129,506-41%122-66$1,062$25,844,2277Focus
21August: Osage County$105,089-16%2037$518$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
22Repentance$103,721-65%126-31$823$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
23Saving Mr. Banks$76,484-18%107-21$715$83,112,86214Disney
24Nebraska$75,224-59%120-60$627$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage
25Thor: The Dark World$50,751-45%100-48$508$206,246,28719Disney
26Shaadi Ke Side Effects$11,592-93%1080$107$911,8533Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,638,041348%6662$55,122$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Journey to the South Pacific$123,49620%170$7,264$1,227,81016IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Bad Words$113,301--6--$18,884$113,3011Focus
4Jerusalem 3D$111,25313%291$3,836$3,016,17826National Geographic
5The Great Beauty$98,254-37%74-3$1,328$2,608,78018Janus Films
6Particle Fever$89,633109%1411$6,402$178,8872Abramorama / Bond 360
7The Lunchbox$88,921-23%185$4,940$306,3473Sony Pictures Classics
8Gloria (2014)$82,865-29%75-1$1,105$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$56,18326%16-2$3,511$42,919,547209Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,974-32%88-45$636$58,114,69112Fox
11The Face of Love$51,872110%2017$2,594$85,1712IFC Films
12I, Frankenstein$48,140-31%76-16$633$19,059,0188Lionsgate
13Better Living Through Chemistry$46,435--61--$761$46,4351IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$46,233-6%3714$1,250$187,4874IFC Films
15Le Week-End$43,608--3--$14,536$43,6081Music Box Films
16The Art of the Steal (2014)$40,003--60--$667$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
17Ernest & Celestine$39,556261%93$4,395$71,4423GKIDS
18Walking With Dinosaurs$38,031-50%98-66$388$35,981,74913Fox
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,761-20%74-37$510$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
20Stalingrad (2014)$32,788-71%70-73$468$960,2303Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$29,506-19%47-2$628$21,401,37419Fox
22The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$23,202-60%16-42$1,450$2,338,7027ShortsHD
23Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,235-86%50-254$425$127,343,68013Paramount
24Winter's Tale$19,997-40%50-32$400$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
25Stranger By the Lake$19,768-14%164$1,236$285,1738Strand Releasing
26Blue Jasmine$17,515-42%27-9$649$33,386,09834Sony Pictures Classics
28Labor Day (2013)$14,971-66%42-42$356$13,362,3087Paramount
29To the Arctic 3D$13,49820%8-2$1,687$13,884,319100Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Generation War$12,014106%60$2,002$74,0599Music Box Films
31Delivery Man$11,926-53%28-26$426$30,659,81717Disney / DreamWorks
32Like Father, Like Son (2014)$11,463-46%23-12$498$278,4429IFC Films
33The Past$11,418-47%23-9$496$1,293,16813Sony Pictures Classics
34The Invisible Woman$11,127-36%18-1$618$1,176,73112Sony Pictures Classics
35On My Way$10,536--1--$10,536$10,5361Cohen Media Group
3620 Feet from Stardom$9,853-61%18-37$547$4,929,60940RADiUS-TWC
37Devil's Due$8,653-47%15-11$577$15,818,9679Fox
38Child's Pose$8,62847%84$1,079$50,6544Zeitgeist Films
39Free Birds$8,340-75%32-42$261$55,747,72420Relativity Media
40Under the Sea 3D$8,07815%50$1,616$33,791,554266Warner Bros. / IMAX
41When Comedy Went to School$7,9851%6-1$1,331$348,74333International Film Circuit
42Big Men$7,539--1--$7,539$7,5391Abramorama
43Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,256-16%23-19$315$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
44The Retrieval$7,232--1--$7,232$7,2321Variance Films
45Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,7961%114$618$95,0906Kino Lorber
46Born to Be Wild 3D$5,42986%70$776$23,211,742154Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Grand Piano$4,99468%75$713$9,8922Magnolia / Magnet
48Beijing Love Story$4,858-61%4-2$1,215$423,9565China Lion Film
49Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$4,749--1--$4,749$47,4765Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
50Interior. Leather Bar.$3,848-65%10$3,848$34,26811Strand Releasing
51The Word$3,648--1--$3,648$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
52Vampire Academy$3,508-67%12-20$292$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
53The Rocket (2013)$2,065-77%60$344$48,23610Kino Lorber
54American Mustang$1,935-70%10$1,935$38,7269Vitagraph / Just Media
55Special ID$1,929-69%8-2$241$1,9292Well Go USA
56Highway$1,511-86%1-8$1,511$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures
57A Field in England$1,489--5--$298$30,7166Drafthouse Films
58Journey to the West$1,392-81%3-4$464$11,6952Magnolia / Magnet
59Girl on a Bicycle$1,332-85%1-3$1,332$80,6025Monterey Media
61Maidentrip$1,208-69%2-3$604$55,13913First Run Features
62Big Bad Wolves$805-44%2-2$403$31,3919Magnolia / Magnet
63The Right Kind of Wrong$593--1--$593$5931Magnolia Pictures
64In Bloom$584-74%1-3$584$37,22110Big World Pictures
65Cutie and the Boxer$229-27%20$115$199,27431RADiUS-TWC