'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, Jul. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$4,624,283-24%4,10719$1,126$277,633,5242Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,373,455-17%3,040--$1,110$39,503,9991Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,343,698-22%3,482--$673$27,878,3611Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,956,799-19%3,990-125$490$155,179,3953Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,091,345-22%2,962-87$368$82,371,0093Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$684,555-25%2,9763$230$28,444,9302Universal
7Monte Carlo$642,732-21%2,4730$260$18,246,9232Fox
8Super 8$552,181-14%2,292-796$241$119,844,7345Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$515,596-15%1,966-895$262$59,640,5594Fox
10Green Lantern$408,231-17%2,015-1265$203$111,052,9404Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$177,214-17%847-755$209$142,675,1746Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$144,020-16%622-851$232$236,717,3998Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$143,843-23%650-631$221$159,476,3667Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$137,104-13%835-733$164$251,255,8607Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$111,565-12%2379$471$9,362,4847Fox Searchlight
7Rio (2011)$82,648-12%272-36$304$141,530,48713Fox
9A Better Life$35,189-5%153142$230$668,5443Summit
10Fast Five$34,945-15%241-61$145$208,895,95511Universal
11Water for Elephants$20,939-7%168-66$125$58,353,45312Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,246-17%171-50$107$14,208,0825Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$12,544-21%112-28$112$53,242,00712Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$12,523-7%113-78$111$38,868,36110Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,684-17%106-32$72$57,931,42617Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,966-2%481$1,666$8,925,40014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,995-4%28-5$1,071$26,635,53069Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$23,429-15%901$260$1,303,3972UTV Communications
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,753-12%42-26$113$10,121,29911Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,532-18%41-25$86$54,708,21915Summit
7Project Nim$3,076-21%4--$769$36,0031Roadside Attractions
8Everything Must Go$3,0365%17-2$179$2,670,9759Roadside Attractions
9Submarine$2,817-26%19-1$148$387,2546Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,052-46%21-5$98$11,240,68118Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,8469%4--$462$223,70843Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$1,58657%15--$106$11,515,77613Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$635-46%3--$212$92,8416Dada Films
14The Music Never Stopped$4074%4-1$102$255,01217Roadside Attractions
15Chillar Party$406-35%7--$58$5,4661UTV Communications
16Beautiful Boy$399-15%3-1$133$74,1556Anchor Bay Films
1735 and Ticking$292-23%42$73$86,1238Image Entertainment