'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 Fri, Oct. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$20,109,273--3,216--$6,253$20,109,2731Paramount
2Jackass 3D$7,537,348129%3,11130$2,423$73,084,5742Paramount
3Red (2010)$4,544,308183%3,27318$1,388$33,027,5772Summit
4Hereafter$4,131,47615505%2,1812175$1,894$4,446,8332Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$2,280,096187%2,92153$781$67,910,8524Sony / Columbia
6Life As We Know It$2,001,780179%3,019-131$663$33,467,1613Warner Bros.
8The Town$811,168135%1,918-450$423$82,743,6926Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$768,593193%2,236-266$344$47,765,3075Warner Bros.
10Easy A$566,660194%1,632-682$347$53,601,9026Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$362,81371%1,255-790$289$49,119,9485Fox
12My Soul to Take$346,24552%1,689-840$205$13,259,5253Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$277,958155%290108$958$3,207,7365Paramount Vantage
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$210,49893%560-197$376$4,642,5253Focus
4Alpha and Omega$166,676152%727-242$229$22,952,4486Lionsgate
6Inception$151,092340%452155$334$290,032,21615Warner Bros.
7Case 39$132,13757%721-685$183$12,433,6674Paramount Vantage
8Stone$100,604495%11372$890$524,5773Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$98,820250%324-8$305$247,247,81516Universal
10Let Me In$85,19718%513-698$166$11,444,3494Relativity / Overture
11The Other Guys$76,477--303129$252$118,320,37312Sony / Columbia
12Nowhere Boy$58,30272%2150$271$611,8733Weinstein Company
13Never Let Me Go$56,63838%178-54$318$1,869,6716Fox Searchlight
14Catfish$49,272154%13923$354$2,762,6106Universal / Rogue
15Resident Evil: Afterlife$39,67722%213-225$186$59,903,2997Sony / Screen Gems
16Takers$33,118--150-65$221$57,177,2939Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$31,736--174-129$182$80,396,45211Sony / Columbia
18Salt$23,816--125-75$191$118,257,57514Sony / Columbia
19Nanny McPhee Returns$18,750158%150-55$125$28,937,75010Universal
20I Want Your Money$13,536-41%172-365$79$362,0992Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$76,900676%5544$1,398$218,0232Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$61,22665%60-1$1,020$16,988,18132Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Grown Ups$15,377--87-27$177$161,961,66118Sony / Columbia
5Lottery Ticket$14,297130%92-46$155$24,622,76410Warner Bros.
6Under the Sea 3D$13,66473%160$854$24,549,44389Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The American$9,974-1%76-68$131$35,540,0568Focus
9Vampires Suck$6,965150%54-33$129$36,605,73610Fox
11The Tillman Story$5,368234%247$224$700,08010Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$3,79012%35-14$108$444,9686Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$3,14675%8-3$393$78,5253Anchor Bay
14Winter's Bone$1,301-39%18-16$72$6,198,30020Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$78096%5-4$156$643,77814Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$561-47%0-28--$24,978,19710Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9088%21$45$166,58912Anchor Bay