'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, Apr. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Source Code$5,053,494--2,961--$1,707$5,053,4941Summit
4Limitless$3,034,981148%2,83833$1,069$49,236,7253Relativity Media
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,804,032173%3,1692$885$30,959,3782Fox
6The Lincoln Lawyer$2,056,468124%2,7070$760$34,643,4843Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$1,917,09397%3,0330$632$25,707,8082Warner Bros.
10Battle: Los Angeles$1,051,32078%2,263-855$465$76,017,4514Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$678,62580%1,525-757$445$57,066,5905Universal
12Red Riding Hood$582,83370%1,788-927$326$34,398,9404Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$345,610117%1,007-55$343$135,798,75319Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$332,489247%18090$1,847$2,596,8704Focus
2Win Win$308,089744%149126$2,068$1,117,1693Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$275,40864%821-764$335$26,239,9365CBS Films
4Hall Pass$245,24943%703-501$349$43,245,0656Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$206,37147%597-519$346$100,998,8788Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$122,423-16%735-629$167$96,558,7678Disney
7True Grit (2010)$93,757443%324119$289$170,221,71115Paramount
8Mars Needs Moms$91,989-56%701-1469$131$20,115,7354Disney
9Unknown (2011)$75,27520%325-363$232$62,570,5907Warner Bros.
10Cedar Rapids$63,11058%210-132$301$6,342,3838Fox Searchlight
11I Am Number Four$59,75328%270-242$221$53,727,5557Disney / DreamWorks
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$53,40193%250-156$214$37,124,7047Fox
13Yogi Bear$44,70658%265-61$169$100,038,91716Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$43,133--211-35$204$98,415,55312Sony / Columbia
15Black Swan$32,04841%162-45$198$106,701,37518Fox Searchlight
16No Strings Attached$26,39655%145-68$182$70,570,97611Paramount
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,679-22%113-176$139$72,646,8918Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$40,0942%442$911$23,300,89955Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$31,414122%5615$561$628,5304Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$27,788--58--$479$27,7881Roadside Attractions
4Miral$19,677270%1511$1,312$109,7942Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$11,84231%58-8$204$4,872,89114Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,16529%66-19$154$294,953,81820Warner Bros.
7The Company Men$8,75662%45-3$195$4,301,77511Weinstein Company
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$8,65160%60-12$144$104,327,66117Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$8,448131%28-5$302$176,0153Roadside Attractions
10The Eagle$7,29240%57-40$128$19,463,1688Focus
11The Rite$6,913-10%72-83$96$33,018,92610Warner Bros. / New Line
12Blue Valentine (2010)$5,5201%39-5$142$9,654,43014Weinstein Company
13Drive Angry$4,57915%22-50$208$10,580,0736Summit
14The Mechanic$4,568-13%43-57$106$29,102,36510CBS Films
15Take Me Home Tonight$4,241-24%52-37$82$6,842,0395Relativity Media
16happythankyoumoreplease$3,92630%12-4$327$182,6285Anchor Bay Films
17Rabbit Hole$3,899115%6132$64$2,213,57616Lionsgate
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,6571%26-8$102$42,746,00215Fox
19I Love You Phillip Morris$2,19199%123$183$2,021,66018Roadside Attractions
20Winter's Bone$84--32$28$6,530,79243Roadside Attractions