'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 Thu, Aug. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$3,618,265-4%3,545-247$1,021$209,132,0993Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$2,742,724-9%2,911--$942$36,245,5521Paramount / DreamWorks
3Despicable Me$2,306,500-1%3,6022$640$200,003,9854Universal
4Salt$2,202,880-5%3,6120$610$80,880,1412Sony / Columbia
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,667,152-6%3,705--$450$19,526,1501Warner Bros.
6Charlie St. Cloud$1,345,770-9%2,718--$495$18,796,1301Universal
7Toy Story 3$832,838-4%2,105-661$396$393,268,2547Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$743,026-5%2,7190$273$19,451,6602Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$628,807-3%2,524-980$249$54,701,6173Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$623,998-3%2,334-787$267$290,811,6085Summit
11Grown Ups$610,6930%2,269-590$269$153,263,2246Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$232,5400%1,238-889$188$128,266,3675Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$431,701-8%847646$510$11,443,0054Focus
3Shrek Forever After$109,230-5%330128$331$236,119,80011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Get Him to the Greek$92,945314%155-66$600$60,851,8109Universal
5Knight and Day$91,7444%831-434$110$74,544,3016Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$79,8101%461-319$173$173,271,0108Sony / Columbia
7Robin Hood$49,995297%115-56$435$105,269,73012Universal
8Iron Man 2$47,8502%286-44$167$311,612,66613Paramount
9The A-Team$40,910-2%282-14$145$76,334,0698Fox
10Winter's Bone$40,088-5%13910$288$4,182,2508Roadside Attractions
12Cyrus$31,997-7%216-238$148$7,038,7257Fox Searchlight
14Letters to Juliet$20,740-7%173-61$120$52,836,34412Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$92,9701%530$1,754$12,501,98420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$27,461-6%130$2,112$23,423,20777Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$10,007-6%76-32$132$98,578,55117Fox
4Jonah Hex$7,51612%83-93$91$10,523,3407Warner Bros.
5Solitary Man$7,4261%63-42$118$4,164,65511Anchor Bay
6Sex and the City 2$6,133-6%42-27$146$95,161,38410Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Concert$3,791-6%2--$1,896$36,3162Weinstein Company
9City Island$1,383-4%15-25$92$6,650,86420Anchor Bay
10The Dry Land$1,31021%5--$262$11,7771Freestyle
11Princess Kaiulani$653737%20$327$860,35912Roadside Attractions
12Splice$477-1%14-25$34$17,010,1709Warner Bros