'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. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$7,089,4132%4,115--$1,723$80,183,4101Disney
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,500,000--2,700--$2,037$5,500,0000Paramount / DreamWorks
3Bad Teacher$3,916,191-2%3,049--$1,284$39,528,1811Sony / Columbia
4Green Lantern$2,092,450-2%3,8160$548$93,210,0012Warner Bros.
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,727,33527%3,3423$517$42,383,1522Fox
6Super 8$1,500,564-1%3,42416$438$98,133,6973Paramount
7X-Men: First Class$873,6912%2,633-742$332$134,628,0644Fox
9The Hangover Part II$653,2982%2,755-705$237$244,948,6465Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda 2$651,35517%2,527-942$258$154,272,4595Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$647,2743%2,244-498$288$230,564,5226Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$182,78714%215100$850$6,186,9935Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$131,45714%891-1633$148$13,693,9253Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$113,90730%344-64$331$139,834,44011Fox
5Fast Five$64,2200%458-271$140$207,880,5509Universal
6Water for Elephants$46,16426%292-59$158$57,772,08810Fox
7Something Borrowed$39,22716%30391$129$38,511,3878Warner Bros.
8The Art of Getting By$27,007-1%307-303$88$1,406,2242Fox Searchlight
10The Lincoln Lawyer$19,28718%189-31$102$57,661,62815Lionsgate
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$15,01461%114-48$132$10,005,7149Weinstein Company
12Source Code$11,8081%106-55$111$54,555,57413Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,52638%470$1,479$7,852,27712Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$30,06910%330$911$26,129,20367Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Limitless$7,6873%85-32$90$79,189,34115Relativity Media
6Submarine$7,26219%26-2$279$302,2944Weinstein Company
7Jane Eyre (2011)$6,50728%51-17$128$11,184,42216Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,26535%58-32$108$52,650,08014Fox
10A Better Life$5,572-5%4--$1,393$73,5351Summit
11The Beaver$3,41622%6643$52$964,5408Summit
12Win Win$3,04359%32-35$95$10,127,99915Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,4984%46-25$54$52,894,05910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,4696%33-22$75$2,635,9257Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,6054%0-44--$11,490,63911Roadside Attractions
16Scream 4$1,021-1%18-21$57$38,178,94011Weinstein Company
17The Last Mountain$8768%6-1$146$84,8054Dada Films
18Beautiful Boy$6907%4-4$173$65,2644Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$511468%4--$128$213,92041Collective Eye
20Kill the Irishman$12517%20$63$1,187,94316Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$65-7%10$65$75,6746Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$57-32%2-1$29$250,14115Roadside Attractions