'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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$3,343,813-42%3,84215$870$84,150,3752Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,180,149-60%2,288--$953$27,248,8261Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$1,784,291-48%2,817--$633$18,626,6441Fox
5Scream 4$741,907-51%3,3149$224$31,776,9172Weinstein Company
6Soul Surfer$729,553-31%2,24026$326$29,231,7043Sony / TriStar
7African Cats$661,312-32%1,220--$542$6,664,5121Disneynature
10Source Code$518,135-57%2,363-194$219$45,210,7264Summit
11Arthur (2011)$473,227-49%2,770-506$171$29,689,3183Warner Bros.
12Limitless$311,123-52%1,363-522$228$74,313,1786Relativity Media
13Your Highness$225,400-48%1,610-1162$140$19,989,9453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$175,200-62%1,220-482$144$53,556,6516Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$216,403-57%849142$255$7,106,2712Roadside Attractions
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$154,3464%928-921$166$50,444,8775Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$114,371-30%2081$550$3,193,2083Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Jane Eyre (2011)$99,374-40%31945$312$7,956,5507Focus
5Win Win$83,922-66%3884$216$6,714,5726Fox Searchlight
7Sucker Punch$37,959-48%244-311$156$35,920,5135Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$26,225-51%263-85$100$61,159,9958Universal
10The King's Speech$25,716-39%234-81$110$138,349,56822Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$22,808-51%265-61$86$102,625,32411Sony / Columbia
12Red Riding Hood$22,087-51%30860$72$37,208,1007Warner Bros.
13Battle: Los Angeles$21,814-58%220-334$99$82,671,2297Sony / Columbia
14Dum Maaro Dum$16,856-81%101--$167$344,3791Fox Searchlight
15Hall Pass$14,406-52%202-131$71$44,885,1369Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$12,970-41%13727$95$27,611,4378CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$10,711-50%162-113$66$63,566,02510Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,614-23%166131$64$72,859,61211Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,483-8%320$890$24,237,46158Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,683-78%89-100$109$1,213,9203Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,296-56%92-36$68$37,740,51010Fox
4Kill the Irishman$5,662-44%23-16$246$1,012,3637Anchor Bay Films
5True Grit (2010)$5,024-54%80-97$63$171,036,37118Paramount
6Cedar Rapids$2,842-48%36-11$79$6,776,49311Fox Searchlight
7Miral$2,397-58%20-6$120$347,7955Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$2,062-43%21-11$98$5,041,81817Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$955-29%15-5$64$4,402,56514Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$595-46%20-29$30$106,948,73821Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$148-75%6-7$25$233,5036Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$128-25%2-2$64$215,7048Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$10-96%1-3$10$18,4963Anchor Bay Films