'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 Mon, Sep. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,046,236-66%3,203--$639$28,696,5001Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$436,040-68%2,83310$154$28,547,3982Focus
4Takers$397,191-68%2,191-15$181$48,077,9743Sony / Screen Gems
5Going the Distance (2010)$308,038-65%3,0300$102$14,260,3602Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$279,592-65%2,339-324$120$74,940,5565Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$267,036-67%3,058-340$87$98,733,3005Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$215,204-72%2,246-361$96$112,657,6126Sony / Columbia
9Inception$211,198-68%1,583-121$133$282,423,1769Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$203,947-71%2,731-143$75$38,266,2693Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$135,329-70%1,595-290$85$25,141,1614Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$82,740-87%2,364-344$35$26,363,7854Universal
13Despicable Me$68,995-87%1,375-225$50$243,600,96510Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$63,033-68%1,187791$53$299,696,89711Summit
15Vampires Suck$54,977-83%1,670-764$33$35,137,8304Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$65,560-76%905-405$72$22,679,2294Warner Bros.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$64,995-68%619-188$105$30,503,3105Universal
4Piranha 3D$53,957-70%825-964$65$24,391,1254Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$43,390-84%712-808$61$410,019,42713Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$32,585-67%536-268$61$71,865,3607Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$27,601-77%442414$62$1,292,1166Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$21,552-67%218-21$99$20,263,50010Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$19,312-85%425-30$45$42,692,1997Warner Bros.
10The Last Airbender$12,063-77%220-37$55$131,408,95111Paramount
11Winter's Bone$11,959-68%11626$103$5,820,86014Roadside Attractions
12Ramona and Beezus$7,140-87%275-30$26$25,530,9798Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$5,775-75%190-30$30$31,142,7257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$22,800-70%60-63$380$15,408,06326Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$8,343-63%251$334$430,6184Weinstein Company
3Under the Sea 3D$5,153-51%0-16--$24,164,82083Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Knight and Day$4,287-60%93-49$46$76,312,00312Fox
6The Concert$3,052-75%19-1$161$506,2398Weinstein Company
7The Romantics$2,297-84%2--$1,149$47,8241Four of a Kind
8Cyrus$2,227-45%260$86$7,402,03813Fox Searchlight
9Bran Nue Dae$1,940-69%16--$121$25,4671Freestyle Releasing
10La Soga$1,214-84%72$173$194,86957-57 Releasing
11Solitary Man$509-63%9-15$57$4,348,25417Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$444-48%30$148$881,13518Roadside Attractions
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$438-66%4-2$110$154,3926Anchor Bay
14White Wedding (2009)$161-70%2-2$81$11,0692Dada Films