'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, Jan. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,873,21821%3,018--$621$23,068,3101Paramount
2The Green Hornet$1,199,49810%3,5840$335$65,311,7482Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,054,46666%1,680137$628$59,003,8129Weinstein Company
4True Grit (2010)$766,90141%3,4645$221$139,274,1785Paramount
5The Dilemma$691,60521%2,9433$235$34,011,7152Universal
6Black Swan$672,92037%2,40779$280$84,414,2648Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$466,71846%2,275-139$205$73,467,6447Paramount
8Little Fockers$282,39512%2,979-415$95$141,647,3155Universal
9TRON: Legacy$250,373-1%2,018-421$124$163,710,7506Disney
10Season of the Witch$203,7769%2,307-520$88$22,580,7663Relativity Media
11Country Strong$196,95132%1,44117$137$17,190,8605Sony / Screen Gems
13Yogi Bear$162,439-19%2,510-192$65$89,013,0406Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$77,024-6%1,135-569$68$100,779,1777Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,702-22%1,100-566$47$40,139,3735Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$124,34314%678--$183$1,452,5261Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$118,14134%24212$488$4,666,1114Weinstein Company
3The Tourist$89,83137%875-545$103$66,049,2267Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$72,4213%725-216$100$291,483,20110Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$49,797-2%106--$470$791,4271Weinstein Company
6The Social Network$43,18229%38563$112$95,485,22117Sony / Columbia
7Megamind$30,501-13%320-21$95$146,406,30012Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$24,97539%1011$247$1,310,9396Lionsgate
9Due Date$24,09812%275-66$88$100,494,06412Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$20,00911%278-25$72$80,769,46211Fox
11The Heart Specialist$12,534-15%293-129$43$949,9642Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$11,85212%146-20$81$32,179,2089Fox
13Red (2010)$10,2719%153-53$67$90,258,61115Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,595-8%10629$53$23,093,3849CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$21,87512%8330$264$1,348,3505Focus
2Hubble 3D$21,79037%0-48--$20,876,87045Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$19,75657%69-7$286$11,329,14912Fox Searchlight
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$18,40657%78--$236$395,7201UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,52021%75-20$127$1,808,9828Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,69015%72-7$65$9,385,46712Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,8259%86-46$44$53,366,28516Warner Bros.
8No One Killed Jessica$2,01777%28-17$72$431,8483UTV Communications
9Winter's Bone$1,481155%82$185$6,273,15133Roadside Attractions
10Biutiful$1,0462%4--$262$94,1664Roadside Attractions
11The Warrior's Way$692-16%29-48$24$5,658,3068Relativity Media
12Summer Wars$64050%6-3$107$64,3595GKIDS