'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, May. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$6,951,326-17%4,380--$1,587$152,821,0231Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$693,000-14%3,3320$208$50,771,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$432,204-7%2,734-359$158$82,275,0595Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$410,312-6%3,003-423$137$202,241,4917Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$409,901-12%3,003-277$136$31,342,1133CBS Films
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$222,000-5%2,157-580$103$158,675,0006Warner Bros.
7The Losers$211,000-1%2,450-486$86$22,100,0003Warner Bros.
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$208,026-6%1,706-565$122$39,159,4434Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$189,151-14%3,0025$63$12,665,8242Summit
12The Last Song$87,491-11%1,303-973$67$60,607,5076Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Hot Tub Time Machine$71,000-4%802-310$89$48,808,0007MGM
3City Island$61,5400%247-22$249$3,116,0658Anchor Bay
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$58,095-5%582-468$100$331,034,94610Disney
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$27,755-7%404-323$69$59,483,0206Lionsgate
7The Ghost Writer$22,9446%231-105$99$14,944,19612Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,987-1%625-541$35$61,569,9708Fox
9She's Out of My League$14,043-2%26118$54$31,325,3159Paramount
10Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,5834%221-44$52$88,219,52913Fox
12Shutter Island$11,266-15%189-61$60$126,910,98912Paramount
13Our Family Wedding$8,6011%11921$72$20,021,5659Fox Searchlight
14The Tooth Fairy$8,307-1%160-26$52$59,737,78016Fox
15The Crazies$7,62211%149-48$51$39,039,48911Overture
16Letters to God$5,8005%112-87$52$2,763,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,3740%113-33$39$27,134,55910Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,0001%48-1$1,625$5,315,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,0000%182$722$21,921,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,552-4%68-55$96$1,367,3564Roadside Attractions
4Crazy Heart$6,0184%75-43$80$39,412,50721Fox Searchlight
5The Runaways$5,32711%65-57$82$3,502,8638Apparition
6Cop Out$3,400-3%91-50$37$44,840,00011Warner Bros.
7The Book of Eli$3,30010%61-16$54$94,832,00017Warner Bros.
8Remember Me$2,665-22%76-42$35$19,065,1649Summit
9The Square (2010)$2,63212%17-7$155$224,9975Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$2,01431%22-15$92$435,20410GKIDS
11The Blind Side$700-30%25-21$28$255,947,00025Warner Bros.
12That Evening Sun$28923%4--$72$278,26227Freestyle