'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, Aug. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,641,501-21%3,2700$502$71,027,1752Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,620,656-14%3,0820$526$52,242,4492Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$1,044,526-19%3,472-179$301$91,832,0523Sony / Columbia
4Nanny McPhee Returns$890,465-26%2,784--$320$11,595,1351Universal
5Inception$871,199-12%2,401-575$363$264,851,5406Warner Bros.
6Vampires Suck$866,117-29%3,233257$268$21,899,6451Fox
7Piranha 3D$845,710-28%2,470--$342$13,224,1751Weinstein Company
8The Switch (2010)$789,301-23%2,012--$392$11,142,1701Miramax
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$634,405-20%2,8202$225$23,069,5452Universal
10Lottery Ticket$606,075-26%1,973--$307$12,898,8791Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$559,995-18%2,236-474$250$232,958,4107Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$378,818-17%2,149-897$176$67,087,4214Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$367,883-27%1,592-847$231$38,155,2243Disney
14Salt$359,347-12%1,794-794$200$111,041,5505Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$229,006-21%1,580-899$145$40,445,7294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$211,643-13%730-357$290$404,488,26310Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$96,100-13%404-426$238$18,544,1237Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$71,270-6%557-655$128$297,439,3308Summit
4Hubble 3D$67,5162%15197$447$14,232,39323Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$47,132-25%388-103$121$24,458,4195Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$45,195-12%647-1038$70$30,494,6504Universal
7Grown Ups$35,259-20%424-380$83$159,070,4909Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,444-16%277-33$106$75,774,5409Fox
9Shrek Forever After$28,317-21%232-22$122$237,834,53514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$25,316-8%131-5$193$5,260,05211Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$19,399-25%223-141$87$130,152,7688Paramount
13The A-Team$11,140-15%151-53$74$77,017,48111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$23,3727%160$1,461$23,912,61780Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$12,311-4%706$176$634,8642UTV Communications
3The Concert$8,79921%201$440$310,6905Weinstein Company
4Flipped$7,376-2%29-13$254$593,0703Warner Bros.
5The Tillman Story$6,7094%4--$1,677$71,6811Weinstein Company
6Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,423-5%27--$201$406,1755NeoClassics
7Cyrus$4,589-5%56-28$82$7,332,49610Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$4,230-2%209$212$124,01827-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,851-15%35-26$81$53,029,96115Summit
10Middle Men$2,220-15%16-236$139$730,9813Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,1766%8-4$272$116,4673Anchor Bay
12Tales From Earthsea$1,5341%50$307$45,8542Disney
13Solitary Man$1,415-35%19-9$74$4,300,00714Anchor Bay
14Princess Kaiulani$32514%1-2$325$870,66215Roadside Attractions
15City Island$202-12%4-4$51$6,669,80323Anchor Bay