'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 Sat, Jul. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$21,791,6080%3,792--$5,747$43,573,8071Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$12,725,42526%3,50125$3,635$108,491,7152Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$6,967,51727%3,504--$1,988$19,536,5871Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,134,44115%4,001-467$1,283$260,969,7033Summit
5Toy Story 3$4,758,65336%3,177-576$1,498$359,226,3455Disney
6Grown Ups$3,977,72527%3,074-389$1,294$126,370,2934Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$3,081,58839%2,805-398$1,099$112,683,7593Paramount
9Knight and Day$1,512,34835%1,925-703$786$68,139,3314Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$939,73138%1,532-926$613$168,621,8856Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$456,53449%446246$1,024$4,753,2375Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$221,84332%36229$613$309,846,84011Paramount
3The A-Team$192,78829%428-808$450$75,088,5156Fox
4Winter's Bone$152,56066%12115$1,261$2,961,1346Roadside Attractions
5Shrek Forever After$115,00734%240-221$479$234,314,1169Paramount / DreamWorks
7How to Train Your Dragon$96,05128%228-26$421$217,321,84617Paramount / DreamWorks
8Letters to Juliet$94,88324%27231$349$52,061,14010Summit
9Solitary Man$82,55570%146-26$565$3,799,9549Anchor Bay
10Robin Hood$73,45030%226-74$325$104,794,96010Universal
11Get Him to the Greek$73,45030%287-155$256$59,965,7007Universal
12Date Night$53,72623%166-39$324$98,222,67615Fox
14Splice$25,42925%117-87$217$16,900,2197Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$433,48252%3831$11,407$1,468,6562Focus
2Hubble 3D$107,39120%530$2,026$10,767,84018Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Grease Sing-a-Long$44,38712%219$2,114$221,8062Paramount
4Jonah Hex$43,87433%46-19$954$10,175,9825Warner Bros.
5Sex and the City 2$36,92214%97-59$381$94,905,6398Warner Bros. / New Line
6Under the Sea 3D$27,08314%130$2,083$22,947,56675Warner Bros. / IMAX
7City Island$17,392117%49-16$355$6,562,26118Anchor Bay
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$14,37444%67-63$215$163,181,47216Warner Bros.
9I Hate Luv Storys$13,79437%35-44$394$812,7673UTV
10Just Wright$13,05454%56-24$233$21,467,78210Fox Searchlight
12The Back-up Plan$5,03330%25-36$201$37,477,86113CBS Films
13Udaan$1,426113%2--$713$2,0941UTV Communications
14The Square (2010)$1,354199%4-1$339$404,01015Apparition
15Princess Kaiulani$1,00379%3-3$334$854,42610Roadside Attractions
16The Secret of Kells$74342%6-4$124$685,54220GKIDS