'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 Mon, Jun. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Karate Kid (2010)$6,385,761-60%3,663--$1,743$62,051,5661Sony / Columbia
2The A-Team$3,002,209-55%3,535--$849$28,671,6641Fox
3Shrek Forever After$1,870,982-60%3,868-518$484$211,893,5394Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$1,607,335-44%2,7025$595$38,008,0552Universal
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$759,205-58%3,108-538$244$72,987,5073Disney
7Sex and the City 2$731,000-50%2,750-695$266$85,390,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
9Iron Man 2$538,035-57%2,305-702$233$299,820,4256Paramount
10Splice$409,000-51%2,4500$167$13,563,0002Warner Bros
11Robin Hood$322,150-55%1,895-704$170$99,785,8205Universal
12Letters to Juliet$253,356-45%1,331-631$190$47,007,5985Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$62,509-50%430-228$145$96,329,22710Fox
2Clash of the Titans (2010)$45,000-54%333199$135$162,003,00011Warner Bros.
3How to Train Your Dragon$41,135-54%281-62$146$214,467,51612Paramount / DreamWorks
4Just Wright$33,692-52%279-239$121$20,829,2635Fox Searchlight
6Furry Vengeance$25,544-50%268143$95$16,847,5077Summit
7City Island$23,839-66%159-18$150$5,679,38113Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$23,271-44%202-42$115$63,388,16713Fox
10Raajneeti$16,000-77%12413$129$1,304,0002UTV Communications
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$10,000-44%125-169$80$62,588,0007Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Back-up Plan$9,070-51%112-41$81$36,926,5798CBS Films
13The Losers$8,200-45%127-79$65$23,536,0008Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$65,000-10%481$1,354$8,157,00013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$32,707-68%5331$617$903,7884Anchor Bay
4Under the Sea 3D$12,00033%15-2$800$22,423,00070Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Winter's Bone$11,307-55%4--$2,827$96,1041Roadside Attractions
6Princess Kaiulani$4,889-56%261$188$776,3885Roadside Attractions
7The Ghost Writer$4,371-53%63-84$69$15,527,53917Summit
8The Square (2010)$4,24116%170$249$330,85610Apparition
9Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$2,982-56%43-38$69$88,721,73018Fox
10The Secret of Kells$1,873-72%20-4$94$600,99815GKIDS
11The Joneses$811-21%81$101$1,443,3819Roadside Attractions
12Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema$697-45%4--$174$5,6551Anchor Bay