'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, Mar. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Adjustment Bureau$6,730,885--2,840--$2,370$6,730,8851Universal
3Beastly$3,613,400--1,952--$1,851$3,613,4001CBS Films
4Hall Pass$2,697,396158%2,9500$914$20,683,1512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$1,935,481172%2,920-624$663$83,635,5514Sony / Columbia
6Unknown (2011)$1,852,387122%2,913-130$636$48,361,6513Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$1,628,536117%2,240-145$727$118,944,41315Weinstein Company
8I Am Number Four$1,609,965129%2,903-253$555$42,348,3813Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$1,517,172152%2,984-53$508$78,299,1824Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$1,250,836--2,003--$624$1,250,8361Relativity Media
11Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,240,790219%2,254-556$550$65,792,2014Paramount
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$811,374170%1,642-1179$494$30,781,0523Fox
13Drive Angry$606,29067%2,2900$265$7,484,5822Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$281,961118%575-93$490$91,201,11013Paramount
2Black Swan$275,657117%68164$405$104,382,19714Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$256,92580%725-497$354$167,962,62511Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$209,441266%23599$891$2,779,3524Fox Searchlight
5The Roommate$182,45867%606-1120$301$36,442,7415Sony / Screen Gems
6No Strings Attached$116,547-14%425-941$274$69,406,0207Paramount
7The Eagle$75,010-45%327-1241$229$18,953,0524Focus
8Biutiful$67,18860%146-36$460$4,025,75010Roadside Attractions
9Yogi Bear$61,064287%266-100$230$97,986,41512Warner Bros.
10The Green Hornet$58,51625%269-398$218$96,878,5868Sony / Columbia
11Little Fockers$46,410174%221-40$210$148,088,04011Universal
12The Rite$45,37321%201-344$226$32,509,9206Warner Bros. / New Line
13127 Hours$36,54461%135-85$271$18,050,46718Fox Searchlight
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$36,429112%185-63$197$103,880,20513Fox
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,29066%208-95$174$294,440,02916Warner Bros.
16The Tourist$28,152--142-52$198$67,567,79613Sony / Columbia
17The Company Men$23,81915%112-73$213$3,986,5087Weinstein Company
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$21,836135%156-48$140$42,495,12511Fox
19The Mechanic$17,853-44%109-295$164$28,829,9986CBS Films
20Season of the Witch$14,98747%109-62$137$24,702,4389Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$34,76745%49-1$710$22,184,73051Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$25,9908%96-71$271$9,338,81610Weinstein Company
3happythankyoumoreplease$9,930--2--$4,965$9,9301Anchor Bay Films
4Rabbit Hole$7,393-8%55-28$134$2,098,62812Lionsgate
5From Prada to Nada$3,186-26%35-46$91$2,926,5146Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$2,341--10$2,341$17,2492Rialto
7Winter's Bone$2,072-5%13-122$159$6,512,89939Roadside Attractions
87 Khoon Maaf$1,659-33%15-53$111$264,9883UTV Communications
9Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,36914%41$342$55,3894Phase 4 Films
10I Love You Phillip Morris$1,34418%13-2$103$1,959,73614Roadside Attractions
11Public Speaking$1,213--10$1,213$18,2332Rialto
12Brotherhood (2010)$80-73%1-1$80$19,2913Phase 4 Films