'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. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$3,484,037-8%3,651--$954$52,543,3211Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,177,310-2%3,418-127$637$237,184,4314Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$1,401,264-7%2,435--$575$22,939,2211Disney
4Despicable Me$1,399,3301%3,413-189$410$215,226,0355Universal
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,329,020-1%3,00493$442$52,500,3682Paramount / DreamWorks
6Salt$1,218,682-3%3,317-295$367$97,218,7713Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,132,4866%3,7050$306$31,028,5112Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$695,335-2%2,7257$255$26,644,5302Universal
9Toy Story 3$568,71210%1,714-391$332$398,602,0958Disney
10Ramona and Beezus$361,8675%1,478-1241$245$22,501,6843Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$344,4721%1,704-630$202$294,562,7946Summit
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$325,9630%1,766-758$185$58,418,1604Disney
13Grown Ups$302,3434%1,769-500$171$156,913,6977Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$305,535-5%994147$307$15,368,8065Focus
2The Last Airbender$87,2561%639-599$137$129,344,8056Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$74,197-6%308-22$241$236,875,70912Paramount / DreamWorks
5Middle Men$43,191-8%252--$171$543,2161Paramount
6Knight and Day$40,380-3%336-495$120$75,028,6287Fox
7Winter's Bone$38,249-2%1412$271$4,631,4909Roadside Attractions
8Iron Man 2$29,869-1%224-62$133$311,930,55514Paramount
9The A-Team$28,627-1%241-41$119$76,646,9779Fox
11Sex and the City 2$16,9875%200158$85$95,304,26011Warner Bros. / New Line
12Twelve$15,125-16%231--$65$178,1541Hannover House
13Cyrus$15,118-7%132-84$115$7,201,9688Fox Searchlight
14Letters to Juliet$13,86612%103-70$135$52,947,19313Summit
16Get Him to the Greek$10,985-17%110-45$100$60,974,47510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,845-5%530$1,544$13,126,51321Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$24,5091%130$1,885$23,578,17978Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$23,564-6%45--$524$329,2041Warner Bros.
4The Concert$10,392-5%1917$547$142,2123Weinstein Company
5Date Night$5,8655%46-30$128$98,631,94818Fox
6Solitary Man$5,721-2%45-18$127$4,235,94512Anchor Bay
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,368-5%10--$337$56,4611Anchor Bay
8Jonah Hex$1,536-22%25-58$61$10,547,1178Warner Bros.
9City Island$701-74%7-8$100$6,663,41721Anchor Bay
10Princess Kaiulani$250-40%1-1$250$863,12713Roadside Attractions