'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 Mon, Apr. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
3Arthur (2011)$808,035-70%3,276--$247$13,030,7911Warner Bros.
4Your Highness$746,845-66%2,769--$270$10,106,8651Universal
6Source Code$575,386-71%2,97110$194$28,794,7072Summit
7Soul Surfer$476,370-82%2,214--$215$11,078,2321Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$404,022-68%2,655-183$152$64,553,6304Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$315,545-68%2,420-287$130$46,451,9534Lionsgate
10Sucker Punch$182,227-67%1,755-1278$104$34,155,9633Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$159,629-87%2,881-288$55$45,507,8763Fox
14Battle: Los Angeles$113,566-71%1,408-855$81$81,342,3545Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$102,376-67%24767$414$5,249,0715Focus
2Win Win$70,948-73%22677$314$3,505,7734Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$65,171-76%206--$316$936,6491Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Adjustment Bureau$62,375-67%783-742$80$60,171,0356Universal
5The King's Speech$44,003-59%675-332$65$137,582,27820Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$40,784-78%226--$180$629,7221Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$31,802-69%777-1011$41$36,710,5525Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$25,476-61%36540$70$63,123,0068Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$23,044-61%366-337$63$44,325,1087Warner Bros. / New Line
10Just Go With It$17,981-66%320-277$56$101,935,2489Sony / Columbia
11True Grit (2010)$16,332-64%263-61$62$170,777,20616Paramount
12Beastly$15,839-73%339-482$47$27,344,1456CBS Films
13Cedar Rapids$8,163-61%118-92$69$6,667,4259Fox Searchlight
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,193-82%184-66$39$37,506,1938Fox
15Drive Angry$6,284-65%126104$50$10,662,0837Summit
16Black Swan$5,965-51%103-59$58$106,888,25519Fox Searchlight
17Take Me Home Tonight$4,792-56%10250$47$6,903,2756Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$17,561-37%31--$566$23,658,73356Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$15,610-78%92--$170$259,7931UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$10,025-50%52-4$193$850,4605Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,666-64%2813$202$252,8643Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$3,406-70%38-20$90$4,972,57015Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,307-65%69-44$48$72,745,4449Paramount
7The Company Men$2,360-59%32-13$74$4,359,71512Weinstein Company
8The Last Godfather$1,617-73%20-38$81$157,6952Roadside Attractions
9Blue Valentine (2010)$1,141-58%19-20$60$9,691,67515Weinstein Company
10The Music Never Stopped$605-64%14-14$43$219,1814Roadside Attractions
11I Love You Phillip Morris$548-57%7-5$78$2,036,15519Roadside Attractions
12Meet Monica Velour$442-74%2--$221$7,8801Anchor Bay Films
13happythankyoumoreplease$314-83%9-3$35$206,7146Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$12-87%2--$6$6,531,29344Roadside Attractions