'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. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$6,350,7835%3,451--$1,840$56,452,2021Disney
2Yogi Bear$2,948,35421%3,515--$839$21,788,1411Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,660,10420%3,5550$748$47,637,4002Fox
5The Fighter$1,903,04817%2,5032499$760$16,092,2572Paramount
6The Tourist$1,467,03620%2,7560$532$33,301,5012Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$1,197,32613%2,483--$482$9,743,9961Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,122,14917%2,860-717$392$267,808,7845Warner Bros.
9Burlesque$337,79914%1,510-1366$224$36,171,7984Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$330,94621%1,874-1093$177$77,989,7266Fox
11Due Date$248,4799%1,157-833$215$97,804,0617Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$226,92613%1,093-1147$208$30,628,6654Fox
13Megamind$212,27424%1,025-1400$207$142,025,5477Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,593,3006%959869$1,661$18,882,1773Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$119,1679%307-109$388$9,550,2647Fox Searchlight
3Red (2010)$72,06021%439-125$164$88,561,59010Summit
4Faster (2010)$70,50811%660-1446$107$22,634,5294CBS Films
5The Social Network$53,7279%2281$236$91,943,96912Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$53,59031%233-22$230$250,588,00524Universal
7Fair Game (2010)$36,00319%268-168$134$8,716,7267Summit
8The Next Three Days$34,86216%361-1065$97$21,011,3485Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$32,82532%210-78$156$55,252,36113Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$23,29233%263-741$89$30,609,8006Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 2$17,8697%17449$103$84,471,4779Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$17,11412%217-1405$79$5,536,7653Relativity Media
13Hereafter$14,28922%232145$62$32,602,84310Warner Bros.
14The Town$11,44018%144-111$79$92,095,98714Warner Bros.
15Skyline$11,1250%123-154$90$21,393,6206Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$178,9468%4324$4,162$3,281,0944Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$38,030-8%56-1$679$19,430,97640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$25,58416%5015$512$569,3913Roadside Attractions
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,52228%150$1,435$516,9947Warner Bros.
5The Tempest$12,96630%2116$617$144,4422Disney
6Under the Sea 3D$9,86620%110$897$25,103,03097Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Life As We Know It$8,33313%75-45$111$52,291,65711Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$7,205-15%5--$1,441$69,4951Lionsgate
9For Colored Girls$6,18021%79-164$78$37,637,3467Lionsgate
10Inception$5,419-3%62-46$87$292,522,50123Warner Bros.
11Jackass 3D$4,59216%50-58$92$116,884,16810Paramount
12Stone$2,93422%6445$46$1,801,35911Relativity / Overture
13Waiting for 'Superman'$2,25524%33-22$68$6,414,33413Paramount Vantage
14Winter's Bone$650-16%41$163$6,238,79428Roadside Attractions