'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. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,802,985-17%2,77888$649$102,605,8543Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$970,532--1,786--$543$970,5320Focus
3Colombiana$872,182-33%2,614--$334$13,735,9621Sony / TriStar
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$801,188-24%3,346-125$239$151,459,4844Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$719,057-28%2,555--$281$9,594,9941Weinstein Company
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$621,588-31%2,760--$225$10,843,0821FilmDistrict
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$545,156-31%3,30510$165$23,904,7422Weinstein Company
8The Smurfs$466,924-26%2,861-196$163$127,523,5665Sony / Columbia
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$348,311-17%1,577-363$221$70,862,5195Warner Bros.
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$342,160-30%3,0150$113$17,886,4742Lionsgate
11Fright Night (2011)$333,888-25%3,1140$107$15,423,3792Disney / DreamWorks
1230 Minutes or Less$315,258-25%2,071-817$152$32,897,4803Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$309,457-17%1,328-410$233$371,844,8897Warner Bros.
14One Day$262,192-31%1,7254$152$10,728,6502Focus
15Final Destination 5$246,061-28%2,085-1070$118$38,797,2853Warner Bros. / New Line
16Captain America: The First Avenger$214,567-16%1,424-564$151$169,480,1296Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$202,670-13%1,559-654$130$94,178,7305Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$126,560-15%904-729$140$34,897,8804Universal
2Sarah's Key$82,241-16%27271$302$4,344,3826Weinstein Company
3Horrible Bosses$78,352-21%465-290$168$114,078,6478Warner Bros. / New Line
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$70,636-16%51834$136$349,684,8559Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$30,628-15%242156$127$126,147,22812Paramount
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$23,422-12%239-35$98$67,100,59611Fox
8Kung Fu Panda 2$21,061-14%194-43$109$164,342,31914Paramount / DreamWorks
9Green Lantern$20,256-18%222-20$91$116,042,55411Warner Bros.
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$16,184-24%223-1759$73$11,743,4283Fox
11X-Men: First Class$9,673-17%110-36$88$146,157,47613Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,481-11%128-65$58$254,325,59514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$33,381-10%490$681$12,230,66321Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$14,029-4%971$145$12,893,53014Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$10,273-25%78-5$132$1,214,8575Lionsgate
4Another Earth$9,043-31%947$96$1,138,9986Fox Searchlight
5Bad Teacher$8,959-12%75--$119$98,292,15810Sony / Columbia
6Attack the Block$7,370-26%30-14$246$737,3695Sony / Screen Gems
7Circumstance$5,756-15%7--$822$61,4811Roadside Attractions
9Monte Carlo$3,774-27%91-16$41$22,913,1019Fox
10The Future$3,533-28%21-10$168$412,1455Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,554-25%15-22$104$1,324,0907Fox Searchlight
12Redemption Road$1,240-17%26--$48$22,9251Freestyle Releasing
13Project Nim$1,21631%164$76$350,3408Roadside Attractions
14A Better Life$1,2118%31-34$39$1,757,86910Summit
15Rio (2011)$1,052-32%39-29$27$143,601,22320Fox
17Everything Must Go$130-30%3-1$43$2,709,39816Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$95-66%1-1$95$11,6772Anchor Bay Films
19The Conspirator$34-19%3-1$11$11,538,09220Roadside Attractions