'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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Neighbors (2014)$49,033,915--3,279--$14,954$49,033,9151Universal
2The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,501,212-61%4,3240$8,210$146,201,9342Sony / Columbia
3The Other Woman (2014)$9,605,781-33%3,30668$2,906$62,085,8243Fox
4Heaven is for Real$7,482,618-13%3,048118$2,455$75,702,6574Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$5,750,593-26%2,701-478$2,129$245,128,3386Disney
6Rio 2$5,028,838-35%2,973-341$1,692$113,069,0825Fox
7Moms' Night Out$4,311,083--1,044--$4,129$4,311,0831Sony / TriStar
8Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,747,780--2,658--$1,410$3,747,7801Clarius Entertainment
9Divergent$1,743,676-20%1,233-406$1,414$145,067,5958Lionsgate / Summit
10Brick Mansions$1,643,574-55%1,954-693$841$18,491,3923Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$1,422,119-19%1,000-330$1,422$57,684,9358Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Quiet Ones$719,214-64%1,133-894$635$7,995,6033Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,545,746-13%770-114$2,007$53,826,87410Fox Searchlight
2Draft Day$849,939-39%820-534$1,037$27,764,7305Lionsgate / Summit
3Fading Gigolo$734,67952%340230$2,161$2,029,1224Millennium Entertainment
5The LEGO Movie$488,384113%401181$1,218$253,666,49014Warner Bros.
6The Railway Man$437,644-13%18117$2,418$2,260,4405Weinstein Company
7Transcendence$353,264-70%515-1260$686$22,209,3374Warner Bros.
8A Haunted House 2$346,430-68%526-802$659$16,846,2164Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$328,145115%23618$1,390$91,104,08011Universal
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$303,223-25%357-53$849$108,923,91410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Oculus$252,683-67%410-474$616$27,238,6405Relativity Media
12The Lunchbox$244,104-7%1534$1,595$3,428,46911Sony Pictures Classics
13Muppets Most Wanted$176,982-32%285-91$621$50,012,3288Disney
14RoboCop (2014)$129,736-68%146-85$889$58,486,40913Sony / Columbia
15Need For Speed$116,02320%19663$592$43,189,6549Disney / DreamWorks
16300: Rise of an Empire$78,967-35%191-44$413$106,170,46910Warner Bros.
17The Monuments Men$77,395-30%122-23$634$77,951,84314Sony / Columbia
18Frozen (2013)$61,662-47%142-37$434$400,447,14825Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Belle$487,109357%4541$10,825$634,2102Fox Searchlight
3Chef$204,961--6--$34,160$204,9611Open Road
4Only Lovers Left Alive$177,160-8%9225$1,926$1,061,5215Sony Pictures Classics
5Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$131,508-2%36-1$3,653$1,556,3286Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Under the Skin (2014)$127,685-25%93-32$1,373$2,067,1086A24
7Fed Up$126,028--18--$7,002$126,0281RADiUS-TWC
8Finding Vivian Maier$114,805-24%977$1,184$1,116,0947IFC Films
92 States$93,168-48%59-37$1,579$2,161,7684UTV Motion Pictures
10Ida (2014)$85,55854%74$12,223$175,4822Music Box Films
11Journey to the South Pacific$71,4469%151$4,763$2,552,55724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
12Palo Alto$63,461--4--$15,865$63,4611Tribeca Film
13The German Doctor$63,30244%3521$1,809$177,7393IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Le Week-End$57,050-41%65-25$878$2,096,9289Music Box Films
15Jerusalem 3D$49,29819%202$2,465$4,070,99934National Geographic
16Hubble 3D$47,532-5%190$2,502$43,994,772217Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Blue Ruin$46,170-37%611$757$202,9283RADiUS-TWC
18Jodorowsky's Dune$33,585-26%4-57$8,396$523,7308Sony Pictures Classics
19Godzilla: The Japanese Original$29,97669%1910$1,578$78,5974Rialto Pictures
20The Hornet's Nest$26,550--4--$6,638$26,5501Freestyle Releasing
213 Days to Kill$22,702-17%42-22$541$30,688,36412Relativity Media
22God's Pocket$21,482--3--$7,161$21,4821IFC Films
23Son of God$20,353-36%68-58$299$59,666,58911Fox
24The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$19,715-25%12-1$1,643$179,6336Zeitgeist Films
25Sabotage (2014)$15,805-34%51-9$310$10,499,9687Open Road
26The Double (2014)$14,646--2--$7,323$14,6461Magnolia Pictures
27The Raid 2$13,961-52%22-16$635$2,586,1447Sony Pictures Classics
28Joe (2014)$10,382-61%23-16$451$364,5735Roadside Attractions
29On My Way$10,063-6%134$774$311,3729Cohen Media Group
3050 to 1$9,425-12%11-5$857$679,8328Ten Furlongs
31Dom Hemingway$8,604-65%19-28$453$518,1346Fox Searchlight
32Bad Words$8,525-53%29-11$294$7,738,1369Focus
33Dancing in Jaffa$8,061-68%13-10$620$122,6435IFC Films
34Young and Beautiful$7,594136%76$1,085$21,2863IFC Films
35Redwood Highway$6,730453%41$1,683$9,9505Monterey Media
36Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,255-33%13-2$481$753,7298Magnolia Pictures
37Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,033-11%13-2$464$309,0616Magnolia Pictures
38Under the Sea 3D$5,650-24%131$435$33,935,383274Warner Bros. / IMAX
39The Wind Rises$5,539-61%11-15$504$5,194,64812Disney
40Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$4,985--1--$4,985$4,9851Cohen Media Group
41Philomena$4,971-53%13-9$382$37,701,98925Weinstein Company
42Rob the Mob$4,774-41%6-2$796$200,3718Millennium Entertainment
43Bicycling with Molière$4,581-55%51$916$28,1933Strand Releasing
44Tim's Vermeer$4,388-52%8-3$549$1,655,65415Sony Pictures Classics
45The M Word$4,289-59%3-7$1,430$21,1302Rainbow Releasing
46For No Good Reason$3,707-38%82$463$21,2513Sony Pictures Classics
47Hateship Loveship$3,671-50%8-7$459$47,1915IFC Films
48Stage Fright (2014)$3,562--11--$324$3,5621Magnolia / Magnet
49Gloria (2014)$3,013-35%7-2$430$2,106,55616Roadside Attractions
50Watermark$2,889-47%5-6$578$82,8376eOne Films US
51Born to Be Wild 3D$2,82922%6-2$472$23,309,255162Warner Bros. / IMAX
52To the Arctic 3D$2,742-61%5-4$548$14,032,100108Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Ilo Ilo$2,43616%21$1,218$37,4996Film Movement
55The Jewish Cardinal$2,151-19%30$717$125,34518Film Movement
56Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,835-30%10$1,835$43,72914Rialto Pictures
57That Demon Within$1,680-75%2-3$840$167,0064China Lion Film
58Deep Sea 3D$1,652--4--$413$46,041,297428Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Decoding Annie Parker$1,586-91%2-11$793$39,8502eOne Films US
60Alan Partridge$1,558-86%7-11$223$147,8316Magnolia Pictures
61The Invisible Woman$1,4380%40$360$1,233,34720Sony Pictures Classics
62For a Woman$1,410-78%20$705$11,1162Film Movement
63Manakamana$994-30%10$994$12,7064Cinema Guild
64No God, No Master$664-49%41$166$6,2427Monterey Media
65The Unknown Known$634-70%6-9$106$265,4576RADiUS-TWC
66The Protector 2$605124%10$605$1,0372Magnolia / Magnet
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$460-39%21$230$52,05928International Film Circuit
68In Bloom$409--2--$205$50,74618Big World Pictures
69Tasting Menu$31251%10$312$9,9044Magnolia Pictures
70The Missing Picture$312100%10$312$49,4368Strand Releasing
71Mistaken for Strangers$286-64%21$143$138,2787Abramorama
7220 Feet from Stardom$250-86%1-1$250$4,945,13948RADiUS-TWC
73Cheap Thrills$155-47%21$78$59,3798Drafthouse Films
74Big Men$126-79%10$126$43,6569Abramorama