'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. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$4,150,00014%3,827--$1,084$54,461,1261Fox
3Scream 4$1,368,52321%3,305--$414$24,004,2631Weinstein Company
4Soul Surfer$1,025,87935%2,2140$463$23,065,2832Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$874,47427%3,2760$267$25,149,9822Warner Bros.
8Source Code$792,80725%2,557-414$310$39,601,2443Summit
9Limitless$526,56630%1,885-770$279$71,337,5945Relativity Media
10Your Highness$526,0156%2,7723$190$18,057,9552Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$334,65124%1,702-718$197$51,591,9325Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$330,0005%1,849-1032$178$49,353,2544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$287,495-1%707--$407$4,702,6831Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$182,13522%2071$880$2,422,4722Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jane Eyre (2011)$136,6473%27427$499$7,119,9996Focus
4Win Win$129,0001%384158$336$5,522,4345Fox Searchlight
6Sucker Punch$91,84923%555-1200$165$35,603,8684Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$77,79434%554-854$140$82,445,6046Sony / Columbia
9The Adjustment Bureau$45,24030%348-435$130$60,886,5507Universal
10Just Go With It$40,42831%3266$124$102,404,10010Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$35,0271%315-360$111$138,126,76221Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$31,30129%333-33$94$44,737,2808Warner Bros. / New Line
13Unknown (2011)$25,41726%275-90$92$63,464,3459Warner Bros.
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,9455%189-37$132$1,088,1012Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Red Riding Hood$15,81121%248-529$64$36,998,5616Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$12,55414%177-86$71$170,982,40517Paramount
17Beastly$12,35369%110-229$112$27,508,2267CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,08311%321$1,878$24,062,01357Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$8,5108%71-21$120$425,1262UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$7,73616%39-13$198$969,7386Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,93922%26-3$228$325,1094Weinstein Company
5Drive Angry$4,14926%71-55$58$10,721,0338Summit
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,40718%35-34$97$72,782,39410Paramount
7Biutiful$3,116-17%32-6$97$5,025,92316Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$3,08924%20-12$154$4,393,56213Weinstein Company
9Take Me Home Tonight$1,37048%42-60$33$6,928,0687Relativity Media
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,12231%4-5$281$214,9927Anchor Bay Films
11Blue Valentine (2010)$1,083-27%15-4$72$9,706,32816Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$1,04540%13-1$80$231,3265Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$562100%42$141$17,4802Anchor Bay Films
14The Last Godfather$164-15%1-19$164$164,2473Roadside Attractions