'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, Aug. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,539,917--2,511--$2,206$5,539,9170Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,914,439-26%3,648--$1,347$73,046,7201Fox
3The Smurfs$2,981,329-21%3,3950$878$85,570,9362Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,662,317-17%3,175-970$524$348,563,9374Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,503,295-24%3,620-95$415$148,369,7233Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,466,459-26%3,0200$486$47,214,0452Warner Bros.
7Cowboys & Aliens$1,464,060-26%3,7544$390$72,530,0402Universal
8The Change-Up$1,339,880-29%2,913--$460$18,381,5701Universal
9Friends With Benefits$597,976-31%2,240-686$267$50,704,3733Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$565,073-24%2,025-485$279$107,076,3315Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$375,743-23%1,854-750$203$345,528,0296Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$265,195-30%1,458-960$182$74,556,7345Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$170,553-24%773-990$221$185,382,9067Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$106,338-26%615-1017$173$24,811,3304Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$98,354-16%290-29$339$162,993,50911Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,664-14%327-85$210$65,638,5538Fox
6X-Men: First Class$46,388-19%235-19$197$145,450,47610Fox
7The Hangover Part II$41,586-12%303-43$137$253,721,78411Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$39,811-31%314-451$127$97,660,1007Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$37,705-16%170-26$222$12,279,34311Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$23,314-28%11623$201$1,094,6944Fox Searchlight
11Super 8$22,840-15%174-151$131$125,390,7309Paramount
12Rio (2011)$21,278-18%139-35$153$143,389,08017Fox
13Monte Carlo$19,768-22%141-27$140$22,582,4826Fox
15Larry Crowne$17,175-25%229-106$75$35,458,1306Universal
17Green Lantern$13,087-32%108-27$121$114,618,3918Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,2075%490$1,616$11,011,89018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$61,017-25%6734$911$1,486,8843Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$22,984-16%3328$696$418,0362Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,560-19%5535$337$516,3323Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,933-7%80$1,617$334,7752Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$9,246-21%1817$514$162,1522Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$8,200-4%86-39$95$209,829,93515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$7,714-11%88-73$88$14,982,1969Relativity Media
9Gun Hill Road$3,7442%3--$1,248$48,9431Motion Film Group
10Project Nim$2,994-32%210$143$281,0825Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,834-41%74-34$38$1,677,2187Summit
12Submarine$1,52145%10-9$152$462,30010Weinstein Company
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$653488%3--$218$234,60247Collective Eye
15Delhi Belly$31241%6-1$52$1,532,5366UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$305-39%80$38$2,700,93113Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$225-19%4--$56$11,532,53417Roadside Attractions