'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 Sun, Sep. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$4,997,546-47%3,222--$1,551$22,403,5961Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,325,321-41%2,93592$792$137,327,8005Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,337,800-37%1,869--$716$5,242,1071Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,150,196-47%1,87650$613$21,867,6762Focus
5Colombiana$995,843-44%2,354-260$423$29,726,2883Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$964,745-47%2,887-306$334$167,847,1166Fox
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$797,178-35%2,544-463$313$34,223,0184Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$781,407-52%2,84842$274$14,672,5922Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$668,081-49%3,3302$201$14,939,3032Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$615,546-49%2,396-159$257$21,309,5473Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$569,528-35%1,977-729$288$136,009,2777Sony / Columbia
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$506,176-48%1,310-140$386$78,417,4487Warner Bros.
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$493,035-51%2,251-529$219$21,000,6043FilmDistrict
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$344,073-35%1,500--$229$1,415,0231Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$287,484-36%810-282$355$377,104,6849Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$211,600-45%920-265$230$98,041,8217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$208,975-47%804-246$260$173,459,6638Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$161,872-41%555-6$292$2,749,8562Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$139,856-47%50381$278$115,795,82310Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$125,742-52%655-571$192$41,756,4735Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$122,433-48%646-709$190$36,472,3545Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$116,547-44%343-58$340$78,767,40110Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$108,241-38%306-13$354$5,852,4258Weinstein Company
10One Day$97,438-39%492-695$198$13,436,9914Focus
11Saving Private Perez$90,617-5%1654$549$1,175,3742Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$84,242-36%551-1171$153$20,920,8824Lionsgate
13The Change-Up$76,670-47%374-165$205$36,485,3256Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,968-46%177-247$254$350,800,07711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$44,068-45%2520$175$67,701,50613Fox
16Super 8$37,019-43%203-37$182$126,728,70914Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$36,387-39%164-141$222$165,001,60916Paramount / DreamWorks
19Green Lantern$30,547-45%155-30$197$116,464,12513Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$16,332-53%114-47$143$55,705,0008Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$380,195-51%98--$3,880$1,908,4201CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,687-22%490$667$12,682,09923Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Monte Carlo$27,379-43%6928$397$23,047,80211Fox
4Circumstance$16,261-27%2312$707$182,1143Roadside Attractions
5The Tree of Life$15,745-15%62-24$254$13,090,52116Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$14,511-28%51-15$285$949,2177Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$11,133-61%96-890$116$99,039,41412Sony / Columbia
8X-Men: First Class$9,714-48%67-34$145$146,358,17515Fox
9Another Earth$7,251-20%41-30$177$1,273,9388Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,841-30%30$2,280$102,5852Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,307-31%33-16$191$1,321,1227Lionsgate
12The Future$5,600-23%269$215$475,9517Roadside Attractions
13The Hangover Part II$5,074-64%60-30$85$254,455,98616Warner Bros.
14Project Nim$1,332-50%11-4$121$373,94410Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$860-30%8-4$108$1,337,9199Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$731-27%5--$146$2,8031Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$168-26%40$42$2,711,21018Roadside Attractions
18The Music Never Stopped$168--10$168$258,07726Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$94-14%1-2$94$17,2434Anchor Bay Films
20In/Sight$56-55%3-20$19$17,0122Check Entertainment
21The Conspirator$80%1--$8$11,538,20422Roadside Attractions