'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 Fri, Jun. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$6,492,54980%4,38619$1,480$164,235,5373Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$6,257,000--2,697--$2,320$6,257,0001Universal
4Sex and the City 2$4,350,00042%3,4450$1,263$65,133,9992Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$4,143,70381%3,6460$1,137$49,746,2932Disney
7Splice$2,702,000--2,450--$1,103$2,702,0001Warner Bros
8Iron Man 2$2,189,19975%3,007-797$728$285,700,3615Paramount
9Robin Hood$1,468,00056%2,599-774$565$90,598,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$949,59631%1,962-863$484$41,251,0654Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$254,07537%658-468$386$94,812,7179Fox
2Raajneeti$253,000--111--$2,279$253,0001UTV Communications
3Just Wright$224,10025%518-677$433$19,650,0604Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$135,09737%343-482$394$213,529,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$70,000-24%294-597$238$62,270,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
6City Island$65,65099%177-24$371$5,029,25412Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$62,47799%244-39$256$62,921,04112Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$61,053--249-38$245$65,817,97112Sony / Columbia
10The Losers$40,000578%206123$194$23,308,0007Warner Bros.
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,00089%134-91$269$161,476,00010Warner Bros.
12Hot Tub Time Machine$36,00033%203-161$177$50,128,00011MGM
13MacGruber$30,000-85%177-2369$169$8,392,0003Universal / Rogue
14The Back-up Plan$29,053-14%153-238$190$36,727,1017CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$25,607147%125-122$205$16,556,4106Summit
16The Ghost Writer$23,155259%14789$158$15,373,94716Summit
17Shutter Island$22,34347%152-49$147$127,913,01316Paramount
18Death at a Funeral (2010)$22,123--102-145$217$42,038,9298Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$14,3154%105-72$136$60,037,83510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,000-6%47-1$1,596$7,407,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$40,701461%2216$1,850$306,1373Anchor Bay
4Under the Sea 3D$14,0008%17-1$824$22,281,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kites$12,560-25%58-118$217$1,567,3043Reliance Big Cinema
6Princess Kaiulani$12,2191%25-13$489$676,7344Roadside Attractions
7Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,76363%81-27$145$88,635,86417Fox
8The Secret of Kells$5,22579%24-1$218$554,74414GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$4,8294%46-30$105$59,982,76420Fox
10The Square (2010)$3,14585%172$185$296,9939Apparition
11The Joneses$64671%7-1$92$1,437,4738Roadside Attractions
12Letters to God$613-35%9--$68$2,841,6009Vivendi