'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, Nov. 15 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,532,066-71%3,207--$478$24,220,5231Fox
2Due Date$1,127,365-68%3,36510$335$60,024,6732Warner Bros.
3Megamind$1,106,528-86%3,9495$280$89,929,1632Paramount / DreamWorks
4Skyline$719,865-73%2,880--$250$12,412,2801Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$641,619-71%2,518--$255$12,450,9401Paramount
6For Colored Girls$407,589-74%2,1270$192$31,095,0572Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$325,794-70%2,878-351$113$80,003,1905Summit
8Saw 3D$216,662-68%1,976-832$110$43,796,9723Lionsgate
9Paranormal Activity 2$178,516-71%2,403-765$74$82,109,1734Paramount
10Jackass 3D$176,815-64%1,607-558$110$114,820,0815Paramount
12The Social Network$110,109-72%1,088-772$101$87,917,6117Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$101,496-70%1,691-674$60$31,550,3385Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$72,328-73%1,239-711$58$50,827,0576Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$79,258-70%175129$453$1,998,8982Summit
2Conviction$49,491-67%493-179$100$6,072,3145Fox Searchlight
3The Town$32,664-66%375-426$87$90,659,2209Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$24,049-59%204-38$118$5,915,9288Paramount Vantage
5Despicable Me$20,475-80%273-34$75$248,835,88519Universal
6Inception$19,073-66%262-29$73$291,851,66618Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$14,104-60%249-104$57$52,161,8938Fox
8Let Me In$6,509-60%14348$46$12,073,9067Relativity / Overture
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,342-86%240-500$26$54,368,8438Warner Bros.
10Nowhere Boy$6,246-63%111-64$56$1,337,1986Weinstein Company
12Alpha and Omega$4,222-82%123-165$34$24,594,0159Lionsgate
13Case 39$3,354-62%106-51$32$13,251,8317Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 15 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$39,099-68%2218$1,777$850,6272Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$22,434-54%56-4$401$18,100,69435Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$8,653-56%87-22$99$1,649,1496Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$5,204-62%140$372$24,800,81092Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,214-62%67-134$63$6,314,0886Focus
6Cool It$3,399-57%41--$83$30,2461Roadside Attractions
7Catfish$2,875-52%25-30$115$3,204,0889Universal / Rogue
8Never Let Me Go$2,166-66%32-19$68$2,333,5149Fox Searchlight
9Wild Target$1,106-32%50$221$55,9263Freestyle
10The Tillman Story$1,007-52%21-3$48$783,60713Weinstein Company
12Jack Goes Boating$723-67%343$21$512,9069Relativity / Overture
13Winter's Bone$630-38%100$63$6,222,99523Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$180-42%3-1$60$657,37417Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$90-16%82$11$25,002,96213Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$78239%1-1$78$92,4796Anchor Bay