'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, Jun. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$4,989,129-2%3,816--$1,307$63,277,8751Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,751,77315%3,339--$824$23,580,4621Fox
3Super 8$2,629,6173%3,40829$772$78,194,1012Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,576,1638%3,375-317$467$123,396,3943Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,319,22114%3,469-460$380$146,150,9564Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Hangover Part II$1,285,4674%3,460-215$372$235,629,5604Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$923,1979%2,742-691$337$222,513,5485Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$444,22623%2,5240$176$11,835,7972Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$159,1059%11568$1,384$4,206,0624Fox Searchlight
3The Art of Getting By$140,4794%610--$230$955,0201Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$106,0600%729-600$145$207,028,6458Universal
5Rio (2011)$101,27226%408-119$248$138,906,80210Fox
6Water for Elephants$62,90724%351-115$179$57,305,7349Fox
8Something Borrowed$35,95226%212-154$170$38,142,1707Warner Bros.
9The Lincoln Lawyer$30,81223%220119$140$57,429,73714Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$22,68349%162-20$140$9,885,8938Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,9103%161-87$117$54,426,17312Summit
12Limitless$12,3535%117-49$106$79,101,94114Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$67,28327%470$1,432$7,360,71711Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,270-3%332$857$25,895,99966Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,58537%90-27$140$52,585,76713Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$10,14427%68-22$149$11,118,80415Focus
8Submarine$9,481-1%2811$339$226,6853Weinstein Company
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,87914%71-41$83$52,859,3719Lionsgate
10Win Win$5,70217%67-33$85$10,088,73314Fox Searchlight
11Everything Must Go$3,563-7%55-32$65$2,606,1736Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$3,24111%44-22$74$11,466,47810Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5416%39-41$65$38,165,31110Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,44921%84$306$53,5023Anchor Bay Films
15The Beaver$1,273-14%23-23$55$938,2427Summit
16The Last Mountain$1,250-22%74$179$67,3883Dada Films
1735 and Ticking$24834%10$248$73,2115Image Entertainment
18Kill the Irishman$18425%2-3$92$1,185,58415Anchor Bay Films
19The Music Never Stopped$46-18%31$15$249,09214Roadside Attractions