'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 Thu, Aug. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,640,3690%2,690156$982$82,297,3052Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,387,9340%3,471-220$400$139,806,2773Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,003,65911%3,295--$305$15,983,0491Weinstein Company
4The Smurfs$895,06615%3,057-370$293$121,193,4684Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$682,084-5%2,8880$236$29,102,2732Sony / Columbia
6Conan the Barbarian (2011)$668,011-8%3,015--$222$13,475,5751Lionsgate
7Final Destination 5$631,228-5%3,1550$200$35,359,9452Warner Bros. / New Line
8Fright Night (2011)$626,039-7%3,114--$201$11,178,5511Disney / DreamWorks
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$571,3234%1,940-695$294$66,624,3244Warner Bros.
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$529,0524%1,738-676$304$368,240,6926Warner Bros.
11One Day$487,508-1%1,721--$283$7,273,4621Focus
12Captain America: The First Avenger$435,1379%1,988-847$219$166,521,8685Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$386,9850%2,213-1097$175$91,146,4754Universal
14The Change-Up$302,105-3%1,633-1280$185$33,293,1353Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$271,47011%1,982-58$137$11,501,7342Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$139,188-1%755-583$184$113,175,9057Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$96,1620%201100$478$3,450,5075Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$68,4613%413-881$166$55,003,3815Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$64,8900%484-402$134$348,816,9558Paramount / DreamWorks
5Zookeeper$42,59410%370-378$115$76,942,9667Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$33,6740%274-20$123$66,768,38710Fox
8Green Lantern$32,526-2%2420$134$115,742,18310Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$28,9042%237-15$122$164,067,55813Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$16,8995%146-37$116$146,010,14512Fox
11The Hangover Part II$14,326-8%193-39$74$254,236,41013Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$7,337-1%107-17$69$22,843,7148Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,37711%490$1,028$11,965,50420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$21,45929%96-22$224$12,770,41213Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$20,6641%83-6$249$1,085,7324Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,3192%875$211$1,008,2435Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,3962%444$282$654,4384Sony / Screen Gems
6Super 8$12,074-12%86-22$140$125,744,10911Paramount
7The Future$10,81619%3111$349$371,9894Roadside Attractions
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$6,46214%37-67$175$1,306,5216Fox Searchlight
11Rio (2011)$3,9037%68-31$57$143,574,21119Fox
12A Better Life$2,8727%6514$44$1,743,5849Summit
13Project Nim$1,38518%12-6$115$339,3847Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$8784%2--$439$9,3101Anchor Bay Films
15Everything Must Go$59426%41$149$2,708,18515Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$572220%42$143$11,536,57119Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$52441%32$175$240,34549Collective Eye
19Daylight (2011)$70-7%1--$70$4,1716Cinema Purgatorio