'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, Oct. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$2,426,747-68%3,216--$755$43,105,1711Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,776,451-68%3,11130$571$88,637,4922Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,123,234-71%3,27318$343$44,641,4192Summit
4Hereafter$887,411-70%2,1812175$407$13,220,9152Warner Bros.
6The Social Network$504,336-71%2,92153$173$73,412,0644Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$418,381-71%3,019-131$139$38,020,2163Warner Bros.
8The Town$231,121-68%1,918-450$121$84,912,7356Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$185,339-82%2,236-266$83$50,430,0725Warner Bros.
10Easy A$107,543-72%1,632-682$66$54,891,6916Sony / Screen Gems
11My Soul to Take$101,340-60%1,689-840$60$14,087,1353Universal / Rogue
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$100,009-68%1,255-790$80$50,101,9955Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$82,367-60%290108$284$3,786,6475Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$56,546-68%560-197$101$5,165,7353Focus
3Inception$51,509-61%452155$114$290,432,77315Warner Bros.
4Alpha and Omega$47,236-81%727-242$65$23,560,1116Lionsgate
6Stone$37,420-64%11372$331$822,5333Relativity / Overture
7Case 39$36,585-64%721-685$51$12,748,5194Paramount Vantage
9Let Me In$25,984-60%513-698$51$11,647,0684Relativity / Overture
10Despicable Me$24,335-77%324-8$75$247,544,28516Universal
11Nowhere Boy$21,857-65%2150$102$788,9223Weinstein Company
12Never Let Me Go$19,626-65%178-54$110$2,023,9036Fox Searchlight
13Catfish$16,725-64%13923$120$2,896,4676Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$4,325-62%172-365$25$394,6772Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,750-84%150-55$25$28,999,20010Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$30,591-42%60-1$510$17,132,48832Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$27,987-68%5544$509$472,2452Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$7,079-52%160$442$24,585,07289Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lottery Ticket$3,415-74%92-46$37$24,666,96510Warner Bros.
7The American$3,057-64%76-68$40$35,565,1708Focus
9The Tillman Story$2,752-49%247$115$717,92210Weinstein Company
10Winter's Bone$2,418176%18-19$134$6,203,60720Roadside Attractions
11Vampires Suck$1,395-80%54-33$26$36,624,84410Fox
12Jack Goes Boating$1,366-59%35-14$39$454,9616Relativity / Overture
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,174-51%8-3$147$84,7333Anchor Bay
14The Concert$376-72%5-4$75$647,14714Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$259-48%0-28--$24,980,14310Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$12-71%10$12$166,68312Anchor Bay