'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 Fri, Jun. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$21,398,778--3,641--$5,877$21,398,7781Fox
2The Hangover Part II$10,617,44893%3,6150$2,937$165,044,4082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$6,400,132112%3,95227$1,619$82,540,5902Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$5,135,54786%3,966-198$1,295$177,381,8243Disney
7Fast Five$973,09598%2,237-744$435$199,787,4056Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$285,09131%688-752$414$36,110,4085Warner Bros.
2Jumping the Broom$240,44092%589-350$408$35,302,8315Sony / TriStar
3Water for Elephants$212,60680%572-222$372$55,251,2847Fox
4Rio (2011)$197,19316%691-981$285$136,149,0708Fox
5Priest (2011)$115,168-42%583-1335$198$28,452,3804Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$72,538114%288-11$252$53,688,22010Summit
8Soul Surfer$66,20147%245-156$270$41,608,4519Sony / TriStar
11Limitless$46,51779%232-37$201$78,630,87812Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$42,08750%196-163$215$52,521,0887Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$37,50342%107-54$350$2,292,5744Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$31,124108%14117$221$9,772,21912Fox Searchlight
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$30,39974%182-32$167$52,230,22711Fox
17The Lincoln Lawyer$30,30584%133-33$228$56,914,89012Lionsgate
18Jane Eyre (2011)$27,88925%128-15$218$10,794,50413Focus
19Scream 4$23,23433%201-60$116$37,987,8118Weinstein Company
20The Conspirator$21,64467%110-27$197$11,263,6518Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$174,856315%2016$8,743$806,7912Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$68,0363%470$1,448$6,206,8119Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$25,452-4%322$795$25,356,74364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arthur (2011)$18,170193%62-15$293$32,987,6579Warner Bros.
6The Beaver$14,68532%68-41$216$839,9985Summit
7Submarine$10,194--4--$2,549$10,1941Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$7,877-2%80-123$98$9,502,9126Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$6,116--2--$3,058$6,1161Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$4,615--4--$1,154$4,6151Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$2,60871%16-2$163$138,784,34128Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,292--4--$573$171,69938Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$1,00550%8-2$126$1,172,09313Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$96915%4-2$242$56,4573Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$44744%50$89$246,14012Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$314185%2-3$157$5,100,45423Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$1029%31$34$18,2754Freestyle Releasing