'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, Jul. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$8,781,208-17%4,46852$1,965$195,731,2901Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,255,066-12%4,0280$1,305$313,077,8463Disney
3The Last Airbender$4,340,399-19%3,169--$1,370$79,040,8791Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,324,220-10%3,5340$941$91,663,2682Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,476,724-12%3,1046$476$52,610,0702Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,394,337-11%3,109-182$448$157,519,7734Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$539,328-8%2,153-432$251$71,619,8064Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$243,100-11%884-383$275$58,482,5755Universal
2Shrek Forever After$203,830-3%957-1383$213$233,077,3507Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$101,621-5%522-647$195$308,738,4709Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$97,913-15%600-269$163$88,552,0686Disney
5Sex and the City 2$90,2445%355-546$254$94,399,5766Warner Bros. / New Line
6How to Train Your Dragon$88,735-2%303-30$293$216,476,02515Paramount / DreamWorks
7Letters to Juliet$87,417-22%340-169$257$51,293,8368Summit
10Solitary Man$57,480-2%176-1$327$3,034,2307Anchor Bay
11Robin Hood$54,775-7%3786$145$104,148,1858Universal
12Date Night$37,971-2%242-44$157$97,774,51713Fox
13Jonah Hex$21,7801%350-2475$62$10,021,4303Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,015-14%175-51$109$162,996,47314Warner Bros.
15Splice$18,442-19%140-200$132$16,612,8845Warner Bros
16Furry Vengeance$16,534-13%107-50$155$17,525,04110Summit
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$7,934-2%110-62$72$63,021,90210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$106,200-15%7760$1,379$2,043,5663Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$82,3536%522$1,584$9,934,74816Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$58,057-1%8313$699$1,998,3654Roadside Attractions
4I Hate Luv Storys$29,304-23%84--$349$602,8561UTV
5Under the Sea 3D$18,7947%130$1,446$22,739,09673Warner Bros. / IMAX
6City Island$16,775-4%81-24$207$6,399,51216Anchor Bay
7The Back-up Plan$10,889-9%97-50$112$37,398,60011CBS Films
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$10,668-7%70-35$152$63,825,35516Fox
9Just Wright$10,666-13%95-16$112$21,352,3478Fox Searchlight
12The Secret of Kells$2,0721%14-1$148$676,01518GKIDS
13Raavan$1,375140%28-87$49$707,6523Reliance Big Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$1,37096%5-3$274$840,3768Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$914-4%5-3$183$396,53113Apparition
16The Joneses$55920%1-2$559$1,471,59212Roadside Attractions