'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 Sun, Aug. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$8,579,308-20%3,545-247$2,420$193,313,7413Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$6,789,558-19%2,911--$2,332$23,527,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$5,909,380-23%3,6120$1,636$71,033,7112Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$4,735,985-22%3,6022$1,315$190,330,4254Universal
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$3,436,964-26%3,705--$928$12,279,3631Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$2,922,025-24%2,718--$1,075$12,381,5851Universal
7Toy Story 3$1,666,306-17%2,105-661$792$389,761,4917Disney
8The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,379,884-23%2,524-980$547$52,026,5283Disney
9Grown Ups$1,306,923-29%2,269-590$576$150,761,3856Sony / Columbia
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,196,774-22%2,334-787$513$288,199,9075Summit
11Ramona and Beezus$1,070,980-22%2,7190$394$16,375,6812Fox
12The Last Airbender$591,660-17%1,238-889$478$127,293,4475Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,083,344-26%847646$1,279$9,636,5084Focus
3The Karate Kid (2010)$208,292-7%461-319$452$172,932,0648Sony / Columbia
4Knight and Day$176,051-41%831-434$212$74,185,6436Fox
5Shrek Forever After$174,513-23%330128$529$235,646,95211Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$93,861-29%1399$675$4,017,1628Roadside Attractions
7Iron Man 2$87,444-29%286-44$306$311,417,00713Paramount
8The A-Team$77,733-25%282-14$276$76,164,0928Fox
9Cyrus$68,824-25%216-238$319$6,904,9977Fox Searchlight
10Get Him to the Greek$57,35032%155-66$370$60,758,8659Universal
13Letters to Juliet$30,974-33%173-61$179$52,751,74112Summit
14Robin Hood$28,750-12%115-56$250$105,219,73512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$90,619-16%530$1,710$12,143,33420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,711-19%130$1,824$23,311,24977Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$18,831-21%63-42$299$4,133,99111Anchor Bay
4Date Night$16,252-35%76-32$214$98,537,86217Fox
5Jonah Hex$13,003-1%83-93$157$10,491,5347Warner Bros.
6Splice$12,113447%14-25$865$17,007,9009Warner Bros
7Sex and the City 2$9,169-15%42-27$218$95,136,74010Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Concert$8,371-1%2--$4,186$21,7422Weinstein Company
9Grease Sing-a-Long$7,504-51%3316$227$296,6304Paramount
11City Island$2,658-3%15-25$177$6,645,90820Anchor Bay
12The Dry Land$2,130-39%5--$426$7,3511Freestyle
13I Hate Luv Storys$808100%5--$162$847,9935UTV
14Udaan$464-49%3--$155$7,4613UTV Communications
15Princess Kaiulani$176-54%20$88$859,42612Roadside Attractions