'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, Dec. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$4,950,120-30%3,536--$1,400$19,200,2551Universal
2True Grit (2010)$4,750,340-16%3,047--$1,559$15,960,9591Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$3,969,993-35%3,4510$1,150$72,192,1982Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,159,060-27%3,532-23$611$55,278,0473Fox
5Yogi Bear$2,129,532-36%3,5150$606$30,144,3712Warner Bros.
7The Fighter$1,269,916-20%2,5118$506$20,349,5143Paramount
8Black Swan$1,055,312-41%1,457498$724$23,489,3864Fox Searchlight
9The Tourist$868,146-25%2,7560$315$36,346,5903Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$709,399-36%1,732-1128$410$270,527,6866Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$521,029-39%2,4830$210$11,973,6512Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$303,8231%700657$434$4,149,2065Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$180,73062%108--$1,673$382,0991UTV Communications
3Megamind$109,805-33%764-261$144$142,439,3048Paramount / DreamWorks
4Unstoppable (2010)$83,222-20%526-1348$158$78,265,1867Fox
5Burlesque$78,922-30%501-1009$158$36,479,3295Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$64,375-14%404-753$159$98,006,7138Warner Bros.
7The Social Network$59,252-5%25830$230$92,117,26413Sony / Columbia
8127 Hours$41,617-34%145-162$287$9,713,5178Fox Searchlight
9Red (2010)$36,401-48%330-109$110$88,730,12111Summit
10Love and Other Drugs$34,614-34%241-852$144$30,773,9675Fox
11Fair Game (2010)$27,404-19%161-107$170$8,804,2408Summit
12Despicable Me$26,055-49%193-40$135$250,715,41525Universal
13Life As We Know It$15,300-46%248173$62$52,361,27812Warner Bros.
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$11,067-52%158-52$70$55,310,06514Warner Bros.
15Faster (2010)$9,693-40%123-537$79$22,676,7495CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$6,201-56%13787$45$116,917,15711Paramount
17Hereafter$4,406-52%128-104$34$32,624,08611Warner Bros.
18The Next Three Days$4,322-51%111-250$39$21,033,2436Lionsgate
19Morning Glory (2010)$4,299-64%126-137$34$30,640,5667Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 2$4,225-68%145-29$29$84,502,12410Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$28,331--7--$4,047$82,2421Focus
2Hubble 3D$26,665-40%47-9$567$19,551,45841Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$19,962-1%38-11$525$626,9764Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$8,99050%3429$264$89,8292Lionsgate
5The Tempest$8,3812%14--$599$169,4063Disney
6Country Strong$4,968-17%2--$2,484$18,3811Sony / Screen Gems
7Under the Sea 3D$2,952-71%121$246$25,128,90298Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Warrior's Way$2,926-7%34-183$86$5,545,8354Relativity Media
9The Town$2,715-57%62-82$44$92,110,50015Warner Bros.
10Inception$2,520-29%28-34$90$292,531,11224Warner Bros.
11For Colored Girls$1,870-35%39-40$48$37,645,2068Lionsgate
12My Dog Tulip$970--2--$485$144,86917New Yorker Films
13Summer Wars$531--1--$531$5311GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$412-70%51$82$6,240,86429Roadside Attractions
15Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137--1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
16Cool It$11--20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions