'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 Tue, Dec. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,727,7675%3,555--$486$27,370,9351Fox
2The Tourist$1,675,61123%2,756--$608$19,510,9111Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$803,09811%3,577-548$225$259,196,9474Warner Bros.
5Burlesque$451,02731%2,876-161$157$33,337,3303Sony / Screen Gems
6Love and Other Drugs$419,12832%2,240-218$187$28,365,8933Fox
7Unstoppable (2010)$355,46618%2,967-185$120$74,885,7015Fox
8Due Date$301,16711%1,990-460$151$95,493,2516Warner Bros.
9Faster (2010)$203,52919%2,106-364$97$21,712,0953CBS Films
10Megamind$194,3799%2,425-748$80$140,591,4366Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Next Three Days$133,22229%1,426-810$93$20,537,7254Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$125,4047%1,6220$77$5,194,8302Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$71,90526%1,004-1259$72$30,329,5825Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$141,14421%416-17$339$8,508,4736Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$63,95624%4360$147$8,322,6966Summit
3Red (2010)$51,66019%564-215$92$87,991,8589Summit
4The Social Network$40,61831%227-33$179$91,467,95211Sony / Columbia
5The Town$18,24415%255-63$72$91,981,11013Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$17,85017%255-25$70$250,285,42023Universal
7Skyline$16,6209%277-301$60$21,285,0355Universal / Rogue
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$14,92212%288-34$52$55,060,95212Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$13,686-4%243-242$56$37,561,3976Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$7,13428%108-72$66$116,844,9729Paramount
11Life As We Know It$6,19411%120-88$52$52,221,67710Warner Bros.
12Inception$6,00615%108-9$56$292,473,45822Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$4,655-19%125-75$37$84,344,4878Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$475,89612%9072$5,288$6,485,5142Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$84,65431%1913$4,455$1,673,2543Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$37,90225%4--$9,476$368,1881Paramount
4Hubble 3D$25,73024%570$451$19,198,46539Warner Bros. / IMAX
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,0587%3528$516$339,3672Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$11,88470%150$792$352,1946Warner Bros.
7Waiting for 'Superman'$8,44410%55-30$154$6,388,01012Paramount Vantage
8Conviction$5,93839%75-32$79$6,744,2509Fox Searchlight
9Under the Sea 3D$5,60123%11-2$509$25,045,09696Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Tempest$5,0334%5--$1,007$52,2921Disney
11Hereafter$4,06727%87-27$47$32,497,9709Warner Bros.
12Hemingway's Garden of Eden$1,652-11%14--$118$15,9191Roadside Attractions
13Stone$1,42449%19-3$75$1,779,65710Relativity / Overture
14The Nutcracker in 3D$1,105-6%37-78$30$192,8433Freestyle Releasing
15Jack Goes Boating$97737%4233$23$540,49613Relativity / Overture
16Wild Target$8558%10-3$86$118,8357Freestyle
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$5287%1--$528$8,7891Freestyle Releasing
18Winter's Bone$249-37%31$83$6,233,07327Roadside Attractions
19Cool It$13835%10-5$14$62,2075Roadside Attractions