'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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$5,357,721-20%3,2700$1,638$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,750,912-19%3,0820$1,217$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$3,060,591-25%3,472-179$882$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
4Vampires Suck$3,002,898-37%3,233--$929$18,566,7331Fox
5Piranha 3D$2,938,561-18%2,470--$1,190$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
6Lottery Ticket$2,513,757-41%1,973--$1,274$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
7Nanny McPhee Returns$2,505,605-22%2,784--$900$8,407,6851Universal
8Inception$2,439,662-24%2,401-719$1,016$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
9The Switch (2010)$2,403,040-28%2,012--$1,194$8,436,7131Miramax
10Despicable Me$1,587,560-14%2,236-687$710$231,056,9907Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,579,120-20%2,8202$560$20,898,2552Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$1,014,437-28%2,149-897$472$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Salt$987,363-31%1,794-1040$550$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
14Step Up 3D$960,014-22%1,592-847$603$36,868,9513Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$620,099-7%1,580-1148$392$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$568,833-3%730-489$779$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$262,270-25%404-426$649$18,239,7257Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,070-29%557-655$293$297,216,7988Summit
4Hubble 3D$133,0181%15197$881$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$126,531-23%388-244$326$24,288,6525Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$113,225-44%647-1436$175$30,346,1404Universal
7The Karate Kid (2010)$112,523-30%314-58$358$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$96,095-51%424-544$227$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
9Shrek Forever After$85,644-27%232-22$369$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$69,285-22%130-6$533$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
11Knight and Day$64,714-41%277-33$234$75,679,5299Fox
12The Last Airbender$59,360-24%223-141$266$130,085,6438Paramount
14The A-Team$29,062-37%151-53$192$76,980,76111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$45,997-37%706$657$600,6272UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$26,335-6%160$1,646$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Concert$20,253-10%201$1,013$288,5075Weinstein Company
4The Tillman Story$17,845-13%4--$4,461$52,1851Weinstein Company
5Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$16,268-36%27--$603$390,4805NeoClassics
6Flipped$15,568-19%29-15$537$570,5773Warner Bros.
7La Soga$13,3032%209$665$110,96827-57 Releasing
8Cyrus$10,256-26%56-28$183$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
9Solitary Man$6,149-27%19-9$324$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$5,353-12%8-4$669$110,3083Anchor Bay
11Middle Men$5,183-7%16-236$324$723,7143Paramount
12Letters to Juliet$4,154-43%35-26$119$53,021,56015Summit
13Tales From Earthsea$3,204-11%50$641$41,0292Disney
14City Island$598-17%4-4$150$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$42528%1-2$425$869,84215Roadside Attractions