'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$9,554,137-8%4,08877$2,337$213,975,4241Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$3,581,966-2%4,1150$870$133,619,5152Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,253,767-2%3,0490$739$69,757,4072Sony / Columbia
4Larry Crowne$1,322,985-2%2,973--$445$20,261,2851Universal
5Monte Carlo$1,162,006-7%2,473--$470$12,324,9031Fox
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,096,6833%2,861-481$383$54,896,7743Fox
7Super 8$1,035,0912%3,088-336$335$113,231,3414Paramount
8Green Lantern$958,1463%3,280-234$292$106,583,9563Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$414,5522%1,602-421$259$140,616,7375Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$358,81710%1,473-269$244$235,195,7857Disney
12The Hangover Part II$314,477-1%1,568-457$201$249,619,1836Warner Bros.
13Kung Fu Panda 2$289,9140%1,281-1246$226$158,149,3216Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$136,155-1%22813$597$8,220,7616Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$102,8927%308-36$334$140,868,75912Fox
5Fast Five$52,8950%302-41$175$208,521,20010Universal
6Water for Elephants$36,9397%234-58$158$58,165,60111Fox
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$35,2863%221-670$160$14,067,2874Relativity Media
8Something Borrowed$23,7164%191-40$124$38,764,5819Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$23,49617%14094$168$53,101,33311Lionsgate
11The Lincoln Lawyer$13,23810%138-51$96$57,844,76116Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$76,9109%470$1,636$8,463,46913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Delhi Belly$45,201-13%89--$508$857,3851UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$32,8163%330$994$26,425,28868Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,5234%68-46$125$10,088,37510Weinstein Company
5A Better Life$8,251-1%117$750$229,2542Summit
7Source Code$6,86114%66-40$104$54,667,88014Summit
8Submarine$4,7849%20-6$239$360,9755Weinstein Company
9Limitless$4,336-2%55-30$79$79,249,45516Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$3,0663%31-27$99$52,682,74915Fox
12Jane Eyre (2011)$2,854-5%26-25$110$11,222,45717Focus
13Win Win$1,93955%18-14$108$10,150,89916Fox Searchlight
14Everything Must Go$1,553-25%19-14$82$2,654,1788Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$90813%0----$11,506,22612Roadside Attractions
16Beautiful Boy$57618%40$144$71,0205Anchor Bay Films
17The Art of Getting By$5239%7-122$75$1,427,9543Fox Searchlight
1835 and Ticking$397-9%21$199$80,5887Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$15129%53$30$251,33716Roadside Attractions