'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 Wed, Nov. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,265,605-33%2,808--$451$29,373,0711Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$954,318-21%3,34976$285$61,936,1303Summit
3Jackass 3D$885,680-22%3,13928$282$104,762,4053Paramount
4Paranormal Activity 2$847,286-29%3,23923$262$69,033,1402Paramount
5Hereafter$572,323-22%2,424243$236$24,125,4703Warner Bros.
7The Social Network$438,963-19%2,767-154$159$80,944,6765Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$421,167-25%2,860-159$147$44,955,0244Warner Bros.
9The Town$228,273-13%1,608-310$142$88,333,5987Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$121,326-65%2,010-226$60$53,360,9106Warner Bros.
11Easy A$92,708-27%1,262-370$73$56,644,8457Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$187,123-21%565510$331$2,975,9893Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$110,8062%33040$336$4,899,2806Paramount Vantage
3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$81,933-6%933-322$88$51,459,4666Fox
4It's Kind of a Funny Story$59,127-5%477-83$124$5,966,4444Focus
5Inception$44,733-5%401-51$112$291,081,48316Warner Bros.
6Alpha and Omega$31,771-64%676-51$47$24,267,3237Lionsgate
7Stone$31,269-10%12512$250$1,280,4384Relativity / Overture
9My Soul to Take$24,705-13%713-976$35$14,719,1254Universal / Rogue
10Despicable Me$23,285-27%33511$70$247,958,99017Universal
12Case 39$18,775-4%406-315$46$13,093,9565Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$17,640-4%378-135$47$11,949,8265Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$16,638-6%153-62$109$1,036,7264Weinstein Company
15Never Let Me Go$15,0661%126-52$120$2,225,0017Fox Searchlight
16Catfish$13,635-5%137-2$100$3,087,6887Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,392-4%611$629$17,508,22933Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$4,455-54%160$278$24,664,11090Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Tillman Story$2,91312%240$121$748,89811Weinstein Company
6The American$2,426-8%42-34$58$35,603,0379Focus
7Wild Target$2,405-9%4--$601$30,8281Freestyle
8Lottery Ticket$2,223-38%70-22$32$24,717,60111Warner Bros.
9Jack Goes Boating$1,85147%350$53$476,9437Relativity / Overture
10I Want Your Money$1,785-5%59-113$30$431,5163Freestyle
11Vampires Suck$965-6%49-5$20$36,648,46411Fox
12Winter's Bone$8450%11-7$77$6,213,01921Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$803-25%19--$42$24,992,95511Weinstein Company
14The Concert$540286%61$90$652,49415Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$205-7%3-5$68$90,3074Anchor Bay