'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, Jan. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$5,296,201--2,985--$1,774$5,296,2011Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$4,369,075172%3,0224$1,446$30,461,3142Paramount
3The Mechanic$3,612,617--2,703--$1,337$3,612,6171CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$2,894,905168%3,524-60$821$70,195,5603Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$2,871,428164%2,557877$1,123$63,986,33510Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$1,956,810146%3,120-344$627$142,744,4456Paramount
7The Dilemma$1,700,105182%2,905-38$585$36,858,5603Universal
8Black Swan$1,411,118121%2,315-92$610$87,015,1599Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,010,840125%1,914-361$528$75,328,7648Paramount
10Little Fockers$697,340160%2,051-928$340$142,850,8806Universal
11TRON: Legacy$610,610128%1,505-513$406$164,813,6977Disney
12Yogi Bear$585,127214%2,133-377$274$89,927,9687Warner Bros.
14Country Strong$371,877111%1,287-154$289$17,903,7046Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$205,68413%1,110-1197$185$23,138,1654Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$599,1182415%916847$654$11,973,23813Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$339,048206%415173$817$5,216,1485Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$311,302--256--$1,216$311,3021Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$199,033135%732-403$272$101,128,8698Fox
5The Company Men$169,415259%211105$803$1,051,5232Weinstein Company
6Gulliver's Travels (2010)$152,789149%653-447$234$40,399,9036Fox
7The Way Back$146,96544%595-83$247$1,798,2532Newmarket Films
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$137,34778%465-260$295$291,759,91011Warner Bros.
9The Social Network$115,638146%367-18$315$95,691,54218Sony / Columbia
10The Tourist$108,99441%428-447$255$66,306,6638Sony / Columbia
11Megamind$108,899226%300-20$363$146,577,20813Paramount / DreamWorks
12Unstoppable (2010)$58,115191%250-28$232$80,866,49812Fox
13Rabbit Hole$45,85270%12423$370$1,407,8607Lionsgate
14Burlesque$43,418--238-58$182$39,184,39710Sony / Screen Gems
15Red (2010)$23,663117%119-34$199$90,302,00716Summit
16The Heart Specialist$21,58259%119-174$181$997,1913Freestyle
17Love and Other Drugs$21,26374%117-29$182$32,223,85910Fox
18Faster (2010)$17,493234%1148$153$23,121,79510CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$120,9464771%5955$2,050$283,2565Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$31,39820%43-6$730$20,956,55146Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$28,59335%60-23$477$1,416,2216Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$27,436128%75-3$366$446,8652UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$12,72636%49-26$260$1,850,2779Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$5,178102%2721$192$6,283,47334Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$4,501-30%40-32$113$9,400,42613Summit
8Summer Wars$1,95060%3-3$650$68,2336GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$1,061-41%8-20$133$436,3844UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$95427%28-1$34$5,660,8599Relativity Media