'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, Sep. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,469,422-12%2,721--$540$3,143,7850Focus
2Takers$1,189,819-5%2,206--$539$26,450,8251Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$852,729-9%2,874--$297$24,772,3841Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$845,206-2%3,023-59$280$64,104,0343Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$764,277-4%3,398128$225$85,567,7703Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$531,329-4%3,004-468$177$101,466,2114Sony / Columbia
7Inception$481,4102%1,923-478$250$272,573,2547Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$443,907-1%2,0175$220$18,375,1402Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$419,665-3%2,79814$150$18,865,9752Universal
10Piranha 3D$400,871-1%2,49121$161$20,095,8072Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$303,267-3%3,2330$94$29,298,6572Fox
12Despicable Me$253,650-3%1,691-545$150$237,450,9508Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$241,110-3%1,269-1551$190$27,281,9103Universal
14Lottery Ticket$222,613-9%1,818-155$122$18,357,6972Warner Bros.
15Salt$154,4382%1,012-782$153$113,960,9976Sony / Columbia
16Dinner for Schmucks$148,442-2%1,501-648$99$69,891,5135Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Step Up 3D$128,1613%757-835$169$40,288,9124Disney
3Toy Story 3$115,0315%600-130$192$406,155,37311Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$62,438-1%719-861$87$41,566,1965Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$58,1243%342-62$170$19,397,2228Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$52,624-1%476-81$111$298,253,2219Summit
7Hubble 3D$40,9896%1510$271$14,723,24824Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$32,136-3%30683$105$130,736,9319Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,8440%354-34$79$24,939,4016Fox
10Knight and Day$18,2625%229-48$80$76,067,58910Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,3221%207-25$79$238,123,68515Paramount / DreamWorks
12Winter's Bone$13,75212%119-12$116$5,491,20512Roadside Attractions
13Charlie St. Cloud$13,5050%270-377$50$30,811,7905Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,5053%160$657$24,026,70181Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$6,373-14%200$319$394,2466Weinstein Company
3Flipped$6,1476%26-3$236$700,1414Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$6,1107%92-59$66$77,120,41912Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,507-11%51$701$124,0802Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$2,880-21%45-25$64$13UTV Communications
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,6972%21-6$128$459,3106NeoClassics
9Solitary Man$2,242-16%190$118$4,327,14615Anchor Bay
10Cyrus$1,994-18%32-24$62$7,363,58411Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,338-21%12-8$112$150,69237-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,087-12%7-1$155$135,4544Anchor Bay
13The People I've Slept With$688190%1--$688$12,4403People Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$208-35%10$208$872,90916Roadside Attractions
15Tales From Earthsea$19735%1-4$197$48,6583Disney
16City Island$124107%1-3$124$6,671,03624Anchor Bay