'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 Thu, Apr. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Source Code$1,105,7763%2,961--$373$19,568,6331Summit
4Limitless$751,1302%2,83833$265$58,688,2303Relativity Media
5The Lincoln Lawyer$592,7541%2,7070$219$41,854,8103Lionsgate
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$512,027-3%3,1692$162$40,577,2602Fox
7Sucker Punch$476,1630%3,0330$157$31,871,6542Warner Bros.
10Battle: Los Angeles$286,6632%2,263-855$127$79,700,3774Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$175,66510%1,525-757$115$59,231,7005Universal
12Red Riding Hood$143,0619%1,788-927$80$36,167,3704Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$115,3044%1,007-55$115$137,035,71019Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$132,8922%18090$738$3,988,7604Focus
2Win Win$81,705-6%149126$548$2,284,6453Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$72,3129%703-501$103$44,034,9906Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$67,6898%821-764$82$27,056,9435CBS Films
5Just Go With It$54,5867%597-519$91$101,651,9798Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$51,4524%735-629$70$97,075,8878Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$45,7018%701-1469$65$20,557,6784Disney
8True Grit (2010)$31,303-3%324119$97$170,551,31515Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$23,6755%325-363$73$62,821,5447Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,9482%270-242$74$53,949,3817Disney / DreamWorks
11Cedar Rapids$19,71610%210-132$94$6,563,4238Fox Searchlight
12Yogi Bear$19,54613%265-61$74$100,246,01116Warner Bros.
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$18,647-1%250-156$75$37,346,4717Fox
14Black Swan$14,6344%162-45$90$106,831,25718Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$9,89114%145-68$68$70,662,22011Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,52419%113-176$49$72,707,4688Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,7800%0-42--$23,546,20355Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,274-10%5615$183$754,7264Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$7,209-7%58--$124$136,1801Roadside Attractions
4Miral$7,123-7%1511$475$192,0582Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,7614%58--$117$4,930,50414Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,95611%66-19$75$295,001,07020Warner Bros.
7The Music Never Stopped$4,44322%28-5$159$211,0773Roadside Attractions
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,39519%60-12$73$104,367,13317Fox
9Blue Valentine (2010)$3,328-17%39-5$85$9,681,79914Weinstein Company
10The Eagle$3,22227%57-40$57$19,490,0418Focus
11The Company Men$2,854-7%45-3$63$4,335,28211Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$2,57519%52-37$50$6,861,1625Relativity Media
13The Rite$2,5127%72-83$35$33,047,63310Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Mechanic$2,1126%43-57$49$29,121,49810CBS Films
15Rabbit Hole$1,8685%6132$31$2,229,05816Lionsgate
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,6031%12-4$134$199,2715Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,499-20%26-8$58$42,763,87915Fox
18Drive Angry$1,3641%22-50$62$10,596,5436Summit
19I Love You Phillip Morris$387-62%123$32$2,030,89418Roadside Attractions