'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 Tue, Jul. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$8,151,2208%3,476--$2,345$72,073,8851Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,510,5484%4,4680$1,010$244,209,5772Summit
3Toy Story 3$3,424,50122%3,753-275$912$345,465,0014Disney
4Grown Ups$2,412,20511%3,463-71$697$115,307,2283Sony / Columbia
6The Last Airbender$2,271,4408%3,20334$709$104,085,2482Paramount
7Knight and Day$1,109,37619%2,628-476$422$63,850,5403Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$837,58021%2,458-651$341$165,828,8105Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$260,1188%2,1530$121$74,424,0605Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$155,81711%200123$779$3,722,7774Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$119,3402%442-442$270$59,660,5256Universal
3Shrek Forever After$103,84148%461-496$225$233,958,9028Paramount / DreamWorks
5How to Train Your Dragon$73,06531%254-49$288$217,022,91816Paramount / DreamWorks
6Iron Man 2$61,21514%333-189$184$309,352,02010Paramount
7Winter's Bone$53,41118%10623$504$2,612,2965Roadside Attractions
8Robin Hood$47,95018%300-78$160$104,583,2509Universal
9Solitary Man$47,49429%172-4$276$3,593,5148Anchor Bay
10Letters to Juliet$41,0897%241-99$170$51,805,6439Summit
11Sex and the City 2$39,67226%156-199$254$94,772,8477Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$33,74114%2420$139$98,066,08614Fox
14Splice$23,6241%20464$116$16,809,2816Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$15,02110%130-45$116$163,131,24415Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,23937%531$1,533$10,413,41817Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$67,3136%7--$9,616$622,9291Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$21,34825%130$1,642$22,854,64374Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$11,57949%65-16$178$6,517,97417Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$10,99060%86-21$128$17,614,11711Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$9,16031%51-19$180$63,886,65517Fox
7Just Wright$8,84933%80-15$111$21,431,8989Fox Searchlight
8The Back-up Plan$5,72611%61-36$94$37,458,65812CBS Films
9Jonah Hex$4,718-8%65-285$73$10,093,0674Warner Bros.
11A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,8142%53-57$72$63,067,19711Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Secret of Kells$87525%10-4$88$682,74419GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$858-11%61$143$851,4929Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$53274%10$532$1,475,34613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$36779%50$73$401,44714Apparition