'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, Nov. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$7,973,861--3,207--$2,486$7,973,8611Fox
2Megamind$7,808,4962%3,9495$1,977$67,510,6702Paramount / DreamWorks
3Due Date$5,513,44864%3,36510$1,638$48,991,7142Warner Bros.
4Skyline$4,737,555--2,880--$1,645$4,737,5551Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$3,076,802100%2,518--$1,222$5,682,8571Paramount
6For Colored Girls$1,984,10928%2,1270$933$26,154,2972Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$1,582,18235%2,878-351$550$76,286,0395Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$1,049,78056%2,403-765$437$80,000,2364Paramount
9Saw 3D$954,97835%1,976-832$483$41,672,8393Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$783,16236%1,607-558$487$113,190,9715Paramount
12The Social Network$553,90532%1,088-772$509$86,591,3307Sony / Columbia
13Life As We Know It$442,06921%1,239-711$357$49,902,6886Warner Bros.
14Hereafter$395,676-16%1,691-674$234$29,543,7525Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$279,456249%175129$1,597$1,178,4422Summit
2Conviction$179,7472%493-179$365$5,591,7235Fox Searchlight
3The Town$136,935-8%375-426$365$90,325,0949Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$102,37533%273-34$375$248,554,69519Universal
5Inception$75,84634%262-29$289$291,673,92518Warner Bros.
6Waiting for 'Superman'$68,216-30%204-38$334$5,744,8858Paramount Vantage
7Easy A$55,080-12%197-289$280$57,431,6529Sony / Screen Gems
8Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$50,72561%249-104$204$52,042,8238Fox
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$49,125-46%240-500$205$54,241,5798Warner Bros.
10The Other Guys$37,543--182-53$206$119,138,26515Sony / Columbia
11Takers$30,352--176-39$172$57,673,69812Sony / Screen Gems
13Nowhere Boy$19,731-6%111-64$178$1,283,5386Weinstein Company
14Alpha and Omega$19,138-51%123-165$156$24,537,2769Lionsgate
15Let Me In$16,063280%14348$112$12,028,3767Relativity / Overture
16Case 39$8,455-31%106-51$80$13,226,9047Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$138,496350%2218$6,295$511,4852Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$59,80026%56-4$1,068$17,945,21035Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$22,1389%87-22$254$1,588,5636Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$17,04570%140$1,218$24,761,67892Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$14,706-44%67-134$219$6,279,7386Focus
6Cool It$8,529--41--$208$8,5291Roadside Attractions
7Catfish$7,495-15%25-30$300$3,184,8339Universal / Rogue
9Never Let Me Go$6,891-4%32-19$215$2,313,5599Fox Searchlight
11Jack Goes Boating$3,53941%343$104$504,8099Relativity / Overture
12The Tillman Story$2,488-26%21-3$118$776,32513Weinstein Company
13Wild Target$1,766114%50$353$49,6853Freestyle
14Winter's Bone$405-19%100$41$6,038,44123Roadside Attractions
15Piranha 3D$26773%82$33$25,002,42713Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$125-48%1-1$125$92,2036Anchor Bay