'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 Tue, May. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,052,664-26%4,155--$1,457$104,347,7741Disney
4Fast Five$850,880-19%3,622-171$235$188,065,7554Universal
5Priest (2011)$504,137-12%2,8640$176$24,912,3982Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$421,0061%2,606-298$162$32,358,5723Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$341,594-37%2,593-336$132$132,564,0176Fox
8Jumping the Broom$275,987-9%1,472-563$187$31,900,5963Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$248,666-6%1,894-531$131$52,969,3555Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$77,722-9%984-484$79$40,774,0267Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$72,9244%912-537$80$51,866,9195Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$59,5295%24527$243$1,744,7952Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$41,395-33%35759$116$78,172,62610Relativity Media
6Source Code$40,119-32%377-249$106$53,054,8848Summit
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,206-62%642-634$55$9,326,8244Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,263-9%208-40$150$10,436,46311Focus
11Win Win$25,721-8%202-46$127$9,404,62510Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,211-6%269-101$90$10,959,6076Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$23,169-21%258-87$90$56,560,92510Lionsgate
14The Beaver$21,174-7%16863$126$623,6343Summit
16Arthur (2011)$14,472-7%237-107$61$32,830,8247Warner Bros.
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,706-31%253-58$46$51,916,2569Fox
18Scream 4$11,017-14%205-221$54$37,741,5306Weinstein Company
19The Adjustment Bureau$10,9950%116-48$95$62,475,33012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,717-18%50-7$1,274$5,489,8987Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,130-10%340$680$25,083,22862Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$3,1039%45-94$69$36,387,6669Warner Bros.
4The King's Speech$2,202-15%40-31$55$138,757,27326Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,088-10%50-50$42$37,656,97311Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,845-36%6--$308$34,5441Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,22711%64-154$19$175,0202Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,093-20%12-1$91$1,155,72111Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$832-39%0-11--$5,096,63221Roadside Attractions
10Skateland$629-23%119$57$16,3912Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$396-8%11-9$36$560,3155Fox Searchlight
12Meet Monica Velour$198-65%21$99$32,4067Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$7--5--$1$242,92510Roadside Attractions