'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 Sat, Sep. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$7,631,97610%3,565--$2,141$14,545,1361Fox
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,891,58452%3,575--$1,928$11,411,0101Warner Bros.
3The Town$6,647,08333%2,88524$2,304$44,739,2002Warner Bros.
4Easy A$4,624,69328%2,8560$1,619$30,342,9472Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$3,572,31431%2,548--$1,402$6,306,3761Disney
7Alpha and Omega$2,151,10997%2,6250$819$13,673,5272Lionsgate
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,138,20853%2,642-567$809$50,652,7873Sony / Screen Gems
9Takers$770,29359%1,413-726$545$54,517,2515Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$470,44059%1,047-780$449$116,740,4998Sony / Columbia
11The American$405,11449%1,315-1142$308$34,387,7964Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$565,76949%907-398$624$286,752,22311Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$293,08540%855-813$343$78,838,6327Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$265,35081%610-329$435$245,343,85512Universal
5The Expendables$258,03357%852-1002$303$101,928,0277Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$183,60092%765-813$240$28,111,1756Universal
7The Last Exorcism$163,59852%707-1306$231$40,699,8005Lionsgate
8The Virginity Hit$117,80314%700--$168$251,9043Sony / Columbia
9Dinner for Schmucks$112,33243%32310$348$72,469,9789Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$107,50864%265-39$406$161,356,10914Sony / Columbia
11Going the Distance (2010)$107,33327%475-1532$226$17,482,2594Warner Bros. / New Line
12Vampires Suck$104,04571%415-549$251$36,122,0216Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$89,06577%267-93$334$43,215,2379Warner Bros.
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$68,73537%233-150$295$31,316,8157Universal
15Salt$65,77949%186-149$354$117,189,14810Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$54,96153%224-115$245$300,265,32913Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$50,66579%191-69$265$25,837,92210Fox
18The Kids Are All Right$38,13562%107-62$356$20,631,73812Focus
19Flipped$36,43947%106-269$344$1,690,6428Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$176,59420%5745$3,098$682,8692Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$103,02652%2622$3,963$367,5622Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$70,00470%61-2$1,148$15,869,23228Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Waiting for 'Superman'$48,603-8%4--$12,151$101,2551Paramount Vantage
6Jack Goes Boating$34,34866%3733$928$96,6942Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$24,03649%79-22$304$6,033,44716Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$18,02571%27-1$668$575,4116Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$17,721163%182$985$24,266,95885Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Piranha 3D$16,36042%66-198$248$24,812,8506Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$13,900137%5538$253$78,9493Freestyle Releasing
13Knight and Day$11,66819%45-19$259$76,397,47714Fox
14We Are Family$10,576113%24-54$441$625,9544UTV Communications
15The Concert$10,50755%18-2$584$571,40210Weinstein Company
16Cyrus$3,16730%14-5$226$7,434,43815Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$2,74566%6-8$458$101,6353Four of a Kind
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,72914%10$1,729$17,1682Collective Eye
19Solitary Man$99024%6-1$165$4,357,15319Anchor Bay
20La Soga$851-3%2-2$426$209,96777-57 Releasing
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$59458%2-1$297$157,7838Anchor Bay
22Princess Kaiulani$174--1-1$174$883,62820Roadside Attractions