'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. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$8,859,322-9%3,792--$2,336$91,595,1611Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$4,481,280-14%3,50125$1,280$133,016,2202Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,893,308-18%3,504119$540$31,063,8581Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,835,913-12%4,001-467$459$270,752,8853Summit
5Toy Story 3$1,761,406-15%3,177-195$554$368,682,1935Disney
6Grown Ups$1,338,515-12%3,074-263$435$133,443,2754Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$921,077-15%2,805-398$328$118,191,7183Paramount
9Knight and Day$455,109-10%1,925-312$236$70,526,2534Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$314,163-13%1,532-583$205$170,289,1576Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$133,892-10%446246$300$5,494,0135Fox Searchlight
2Iron Man 2$90,655-16%36229$250$310,309,30011Paramount
4The A-Team$56,642-15%428-368$132$75,389,6126Fox
5Shrek Forever After$54,865-22%240-221$229$234,570,0909Paramount / DreamWorks
6Letters to Juliet$47,391-11%27231$174$52,271,90910Summit
7Get Him to the Greek$47,355-11%287-67$165$60,282,0407Universal
8How to Train Your Dragon$46,789-12%228-26$205$217,531,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
9Winter's Bone$42,637-5%12115$352$3,190,6836Roadside Attractions
10Robin Hood$26,010-11%226-42$115$104,920,44510Universal
11Date Night$21,477-4%166-76$129$98,321,92815Fox
12Solitary Man$19,784-15%146-26$136$3,914,0229Anchor Bay
14Splice$9,227-10%117-87$79$16,949,5257Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$127,945-4%3831$3,367$2,192,6832Focus
2Hubble 3D$86,057-1%530$1,624$11,103,14918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$23,5392%130$1,811$23,039,56875Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$15,943-21%97-59$164$94,987,7968Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$10,496-31%46-19$228$10,226,9195Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$5,710-2%67-63$85$163,208,62816Warner Bros.
7City Island$4,809-11%49-16$98$6,590,92918Anchor Bay
8Just Wright$3,994-18%56-24$71$21,489,49410Fox Searchlight
9I Hate Luv Storys$3,868-3%35--$111$836,9483UTV
10The Back-up Plan$1,857-34%25-36$74$37,487,65113CBS Films
12Princess Kaiulani$55065%3-3$183$856,76110Roadside Attractions
13The Square (2010)$39062%4-1$98$405,76715Apparition
14The Secret of Kells$328-19%6-4$55$687,54620GKIDS