'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, Jun. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$13,458,691-11%4,028--$3,341$154,495,1781Disney
2Knight and Day$3,810,649--3,043--$1,252$3,810,6490Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$2,977,118-16%3,6630$813$117,088,7342Sony / Columbia
4The A-Team$1,381,096-25%3,5449$390$55,461,3212Fox
5Shrek Forever After$815,411-9%3,207-661$254$225,536,2875Paramount / DreamWorks
6Get Him to the Greek$785,070-25%2,379-323$330$50,702,5403Universal
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$571,042-18%2,277-831$251$82,716,0374Disney
9Jonah Hex$444,000-31%2,825--$157$7,117,0001Warner Bros.
10Sex and the City 2$402,000-16%1,680-1070$239$91,443,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Iron Man 2$300,013-10%1,612-693$186$305,185,1647Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$117,845-27%806-525$146$49,005,3916Summit
2Robin Hood$111,285-36%803-1092$139$102,525,6206Universal
3Splice$78,000-40%944-1506$83$15,909,0003Warner Bros
4How to Train Your Dragon$62,75282%213-68$295$214,889,30713Paramount / DreamWorks
5Date Night$45,156-15%298-132$152$97,031,82811Fox
6Solitary Man$40,773-21%10754$381$1,559,0945Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,000-8%267-66$135$162,496,00012Warner Bros.
8Furry Vengeance$25,815-10%235-33$110$17,134,4028Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,354-2%146-56$153$63,609,95614Fox
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$22,000-4%228103$96$62,800,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
11Raavan$21,678-28%120--$181$557,6921Reliance Big Pictures
12City Island$20,802-20%133-26$156$6,003,18314Anchor Bay
13The Back-up Plan$15,049-22%16654$91$37,101,3199CBS Films
15Just Wright$10,953-35%158-121$69$21,131,5526Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,000-3%502$1,500$8,854,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$37,095-8%3935$951$591,3932Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$19,153-13%4--$4,788$245,8901Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$10,893-33%150$726$22,538,31171Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Princess Kaiulani$2,854-11%16-10$178$817,9056Roadside Attractions
8The Secret of Kells$2,48648%15-5$166$625,83516GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,863-12%12-5$155$359,48411Apparition
10The Joneses$1,38268%7-1$197$1,459,96310Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$64-16%2--$32$43,7215Hanover House