'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 Mon, Aug. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,806,855-58%2,77888$650$98,640,2783Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,161,307-60%2,614--$444$11,569,4831Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$927,821-64%3,346-125$277$149,601,8394Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$868,670-57%2,555--$340$7,880,3011Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$800,638-58%2,760--$290$9,326,3661FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$577,286-67%3,30510$175$22,567,5152Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$480,553-66%2,861-196$168$126,428,7875Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$397,835-61%3,0150$132$17,058,5042Lionsgate
930 Minutes or Less$373,887-54%2,071-817$181$32,163,3253Sony / Columbia
10Fright Night (2011)$365,025-58%3,1140$117$14,646,8032Disney / DreamWorks
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$362,483-56%1,577-363$230$70,094,9855Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$358,175-58%1,328-410$270$371,163,2377Warner Bros.
13One Day$297,876-56%1,7254$173$10,087,3992Focus
14Final Destination 5$296,116-57%2,085-1070$142$38,211,1003Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$238,314-64%1,424-564$167$169,008,6206Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$218,260-69%1,559-654$140$93,742,2105Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$126,585-61%904-729$140$34,622,1604Universal
2Horrible Bosses$86,078-51%465-290$185$113,901,2298Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$79,654-56%27271$293$4,164,4036Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$73,211-60%51834$141$349,530,4199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$31,430-64%242156$130$126,080,61712Paramount
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$21,135-72%239-35$88$67,050,56211Fox
8Green Lantern$20,978-70%222-20$94$115,997,47411Warner Bros.
9Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,678-64%223-1759$88$11,706,0393Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$19,541-70%194-43$101$164,296,79714Paramount / DreamWorks
11X-Men: First Class$12,486-59%110-36$114$146,136,15313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,657-55%128-65$60$254,309,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,676-36%490$708$12,160,00821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Another Earth$12,840-56%947$137$1,116,8986Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$12,757-61%78-5$164$1,190,8135Lionsgate
4The Tree of Life$12,468-52%971$129$12,864,89514Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$8,751-51%30-14$292$720,0025Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,351-48%75--$111$98,273,04510Sony / Columbia
8Circumstance$5,668-52%7--$810$48,9861Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,846-52%22-9$220$403,6755Roadside Attractions
10Monte Carlo$3,619-68%91-16$40$22,904,1549Fox
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,110-55%15-22$141$1,320,4537Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,421-80%39-29$36$143,598,62020Fox
13A Better Life$1,214-66%31-34$39$1,755,53310Summit
14Project Nim$1,034-61%164$65$348,1988Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$1,032-80%26--$40$20,1841Freestyle Releasing
165 Days of War$467-15%1-1$467$11,3012Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$58-88%3-1$19$11,538,01620Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$54-76%3-1$18$2,709,08116Roadside Attractions