'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 Sat, Feb. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$13,293,88441%3,548--$3,747$22,753,5781Sony / Columbia
2Gnomeo and Juliet$11,622,56889%2,994--$3,882$17,785,1121Disney
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,742,183-13%3,105--$3,460$23,849,1161Paramount
4The Roommate$3,848,64748%2,5340$1,519$24,099,5532Sony / Screen Gems
5The Eagle$3,605,73628%2,296--$1,570$6,418,3101Focus
6The King's Speech$3,377,84483%2,263-321$1,493$91,669,11112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$2,625,21856%2,756-294$953$58,532,7964Paramount
9True Grit (2010)$1,827,00491%2,072-830$882$160,254,1508Paramount
10The Green Hornet$1,765,36999%2,090-943$845$91,384,3895Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$1,494,86369%2,207-778$677$27,983,4723Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$1,415,88269%1,886-818$751$24,469,4693CBS Films
13The Fighter$1,047,80894%1,049-613$999$85,054,78610Paramount
14Black Swan$982,47775%1,069-908$919$98,759,36311Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$503,01080%1,242-1303$405$47,387,1405Universal
16Yogi Bear$364,587151%1,111-696$328$96,358,1009Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2TRON: Legacy$264,151104%364-676$726$169,592,8169Disney
3Blue Valentine (2010)$261,07564%393-57$664$8,046,2787Weinstein Company
4Biutiful$254,04372%19112$1,330$2,084,7297Roadside Attractions
5127 Hours$248,21664%359-540$691$16,686,36815Fox Searchlight
6The Company Men$242,53574%27746$876$2,896,2074Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$213,25292%40944$521$293,214,43413Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$165,36586%424-931$390$147,142,3308Universal
9Megamind$160,255129%252-38$636$147,785,13015Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$137,190102%293-221$468$102,898,68210Fox
11From Prada to Nada$127,72667%252-9$507$2,480,9713Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$100,838100%308-187$327$41,852,5058Fox
13Country Strong$74,35453%328-620$227$20,174,4008Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$65,37088%178-116$367$96,584,51420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$51,99478%147-55$354$81,327,75314Fox
16Season of the Witch$43,06077%176-316$245$24,418,2266Relativity Media
17Rabbit Hole$38,30069%112-19$342$1,850,6989Lionsgate
18The Tourist$38,23757%100-131$382$66,982,88810Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$139,19779%15--$9,280$216,9861Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$62,92872%480$1,311$21,403,10948Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$17,98281%37-108$486$2,626,7384Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$15,69463%32-14$490$1,657,9718Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$10,89451%78-71$140$9,521,39115Summit
6Winter's Bone$9,276105%26-8$357$6,389,55336Roadside Attractions
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,024-4%1--$5,024$10,2741Phase 4 Films
8I Love You Phillip Morris$4,01040%23-16$174$1,933,69811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,93014%1411$209$19,0972Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,02573%5-37$205$576,2674UTV Communications