'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, Jan. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,542,171-63%3,018--$511$21,195,0921Paramount
2The Green Hornet$1,093,442-73%3,5840$305$64,112,2502Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$635,465-64%1,680137$378$57,949,3469Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$573,885-65%2,9433$195$33,320,1102Universal
5True Grit (2010)$543,758-60%3,4645$157$138,507,2775Paramount
6Black Swan$490,969-63%2,40779$204$83,741,3448Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$320,186-58%2,275-139$141$73,000,9267Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$253,766-71%2,018-421$126$163,460,3776Disney
9Little Fockers$253,215-70%2,979-415$85$141,364,9205Universal
10Yogi Bear$201,003-82%2,510-192$80$88,850,6016Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$187,659-66%2,307-520$81$22,376,9903Relativity Media
13Country Strong$148,857-67%1,44117$103$16,993,9095Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$81,787-77%1,135-569$72$100,702,1537Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$66,058-78%1,100-566$60$40,087,6715Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$109,316-57%678--$161$1,328,1831Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$87,948-60%24212$363$4,547,9704Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$70,012-68%725-216$97$291,410,78010Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$65,364-62%875-545$75$65,959,3957Sony / Columbia
5The Company Men$50,696-63%106--$478$741,6301Weinstein Company
6Megamind$35,076-77%320-21$110$146,375,79912Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$33,566-62%38563$87$95,442,03917Sony / Columbia
8Due Date$21,468-60%275-66$78$100,469,96612Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$18,101-62%278-25$65$80,749,45311Fox
10Rabbit Hole$17,923-61%1011$177$1,285,9646Lionsgate
11The Heart Specialist$14,793-64%293-129$50$937,4302Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$10,536-56%146-20$72$32,167,3569Fox
13Red (2010)$9,418-55%153-53$62$90,248,34015Summit
14Faster (2010)$6,063-65%10629$57$23,087,7899CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$19,579-63%8330$236$1,326,4755Focus
2Hubble 3D$15,926-49%0-48--$20,855,08045Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$12,588-56%69-7$182$11,309,39312Fox Searchlight
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$11,717-85%78--$150$377,3141UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$7,899-58%75-20$105$1,799,4628Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,071-46%72-7$57$9,380,77712Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,496-68%86-46$41$53,362,46016Warner Bros.
8No One Killed Jessica$1,140-84%28-17$41$429,8313UTV Communications
9Biutiful$1,028-69%4--$257$93,1204Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$827-58%29-48$29$5,657,6148Relativity Media
11Winter's Bone$580-30%6-1$97$6,271,67033Roadside Attractions
12Summer Wars$426-77%6-3$71$63,7195GKIDS