'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. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,485,071-10%3,2700$454$72,512,2462Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,473,322-9%3,0820$478$53,715,7712Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$900,408-14%3,472-179$259$92,732,4603Sony / Columbia
4Inception$792,024-9%2,401-575$330$265,643,5646Warner Bros.
5Piranha 3D$739,836-13%2,470--$300$13,964,0111Weinstein Company
6Vampires Suck$712,831-18%3,233257$220$22,612,4761Fox
7The Switch (2010)$684,358-13%2,012--$340$11,826,5281Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$681,935-23%2,784--$245$12,277,0701Universal
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$591,845-7%2,8202$210$23,661,3902Universal
10Lottery Ticket$531,459-12%1,973--$269$13,430,3381Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$457,995-18%2,236-687$205$233,416,4057Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$337,411-11%2,149-897$157$67,424,8324Paramount / DreamWorks
13Salt$335,204-7%1,794-794$187$111,376,7545Sony / Columbia
14Step Up 3D$332,264-10%1,592-847$209$38,487,4883Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$158,284-31%1,580-899$100$40,604,0134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$160,248-24%730-357$220$404,648,51110Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$83,406-13%404-426$206$18,627,5297Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$73,7694%557-655$132$297,513,0998Summit
4Hubble 3D$62,768-7%15197$416$14,295,16123Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Charlie St. Cloud$42,125-7%647-1436$65$30,536,7754Universal
6Ramona and Beezus$38,886-17%388-103$100$24,497,3055Fox
7Grown Ups$34,166-3%424-380$81$159,104,6569Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,3130%277-33$106$75,803,8539Fox
9Shrek Forever After$26,617-6%232-22$115$237,861,15214Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$21,712-14%131-5$166$5,281,76411Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$18,734-3%223-141$84$130,171,5028Paramount
13The A-Team$11,9868%151-53$79$77,029,46711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$17,135-27%160$1,071$23,929,75280Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$9,646-22%706$138$644,5102UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,6514%29-13$264$600,7213Warner Bros.
4The Concert$7,392-16%201$370$318,0825Weinstein Company
5Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,4070%27--$200$411,5825NeoClassics
6The Tillman Story$4,734-29%4--$1,184$76,4151Weinstein Company
7Cyrus$4,358-5%56-28$78$7,336,85410Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$3,426-19%209$171$127,44427-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,492-13%35-26$71$53,032,45315Summit
10Middle Men$2,46611%16-236$154$733,4473Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,2282%8-4$279$118,6953Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$2,00442%19-9$105$4,302,29714Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$1,6004%50$320$47,4542Disney
14City Island$26029%4-4$65$6,670,06323Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$162-50%1-2$162$870,82415Roadside Attractions