'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 Sun, Mar. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,344,766-37%3,167--$2,003$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$4,345,518-35%3,033--$1,433$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$3,934,441-39%2,80549$1,403$41,111,2312Relativity Media
5The Lincoln Lawyer$2,948,505-39%2,7070$1,089$28,717,5482Lionsgate
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,077,990-37%3,118-299$666$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,027,938-47%2,715-315$379$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,026,900-48%2,282-378$450$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$717,940-29%2,170-947$331$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$496,237-49%1,585-225$313$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Gnomeo and Juliet$480,332-30%1,364-384$352$95,872,5377Disney
13Hall Pass$425,078-45%1,204-701$353$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
14The King's Speech$400,207-46%1,062-187$377$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
15Just Go With It$350,105-50%1,116-592$314$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$155,600-48%688-713$226$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$123,847-45%512-443$242$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$106,979-45%342-120$313$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$105,296-47%406-144$259$36,959,6816Fox
5Yogi Bear$100,591-30%326-112$309$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$62,389-36%246-36$254$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$62,195-35%289-191$215$72,556,9637Paramount
8Black Swan$50,450-39%20716$244$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
9True Grit (2010)$44,391-47%205-63$217$170,058,65914Paramount
10No Strings Attached$36,238-37%213-19$170$70,477,77710Paramount
11The Fighter$28,735-44%179-137$161$93,571,80316Paramount
12The Rite$23,262-27%155-47$150$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$15,815-20%1001$158$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$287,694-32%9064$3,197$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$139,616-34%2318$6,070$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,631-18%42-7$1,086$23,122,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$43,624-40%4120$1,064$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$22,678-30%66-23$344$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
6Miral$20,667-20%4--$5,167$66,2441Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,531-32%85-9$206$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,212-33%72-10$211$104,299,42116Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$13,808-40%331$418$150,5152Roadside Attractions
10From Prada to Nada$13,787-19%292$475$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Eagle$12,686-35%975$131$19,434,5967Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$12,207-30%89-192$137$6,817,0814Relativity Media
13The Company Men$11,964-40%48-10$249$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$9,623-34%441$219$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$7,423-38%72-23$103$10,558,2255Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,214-9%34-9$183$42,732,11914Fox
17Mia and the Migoo$6,146-25%1--$6,146$16,9751GKIDS
18happythankyoumoreplease$6,058-37%164$379$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,173-34%9-2$353$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$3,055-38%290$105$2,203,98015Lionsgate
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$366-27%2-3$183$85,2227Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$44-69%1-3$44$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions