'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 Wed, Jun. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern$3,922,060-21%3,816--$1,028$67,199,9351Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,688,452-2%3,339--$805$26,268,9141Fox
3Super 8$2,427,726-8%3,40829$712$80,621,8272Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,388,807-12%3,375-317$411$124,785,2013Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,301,179-1%3,469-460$375$147,452,1354Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Hangover Part II$1,221,107-5%3,460-215$353$236,850,6674Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$892,428-3%2,742-691$325$223,405,9765Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$468,4715%2,5240$186$12,304,4682Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$155,965-2%11568$1,356$4,362,0274Fox Searchlight
3The Art of Getting By$133,010-5%610--$218$1,088,0301Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$105,8800%456-873$232$207,134,5258Universal
5Rio (2011)$93,266-8%408-119$229$139,000,06810Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$67,3990%212165$318$7,428,67011Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Water for Elephants$63,1850%351-115$180$57,368,9199Fox
9The Lincoln Lawyer$28,926-6%220119$131$57,458,66314Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$19,143-16%114-68$168$9,905,0368Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,463-2%161-87$115$54,444,63612Summit
12Limitless$12,6392%117-49$108$79,114,58014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Something Borrowed$34,914-3%47-319$743$38,177,0847Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$30,8339%332$934$25,926,83266Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,121-4%90-27$135$52,597,88813Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$11,0409%68-22$162$11,129,84415Focus
8Submarine$10,0516%269$387$236,7363Weinstein Company
9Win Win$5,9725%67-33$89$10,094,70514Fox Searchlight
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,134-13%71-41$72$52,864,5059Lionsgate
11Everything Must Go$4,18317%55-32$76$2,610,3566Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$4,05725%44-22$92$11,470,53510Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5812%18-62$143$38,167,89210Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,404-2%2-2$1,202$55,9063Anchor Bay Films
15Kill the Irishman$2,4041207%83$301$5515Anchor Bay Films
16The Beaver$1,3758%23-23$60$939,6177Summit
17The Last Mountain$1,156-8%74$165$68,5443Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$193-22%10$193$73,4045Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$6643%31$22$249,15814Roadside Attractions