'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 Tue, Sep. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,616,40413%2,330--$1,123$35,082,3421Disney
2Drive (2011)$1,316,89926%2,886--$456$13,700,9811FilmDistrict
3Contagion$1,296,39227%3,2220$402$46,576,1092Warner Bros.
4The Help$742,01732%3,01479$246$148,742,6066Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$513,86920%2,408--$213$6,066,3991Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$501,47056%2,476--$203$5,225,4301Weinstein Company
7The Debt$351,49245%1,831-45$192$27,159,0193Focus
8Warrior (2011)$323,59125%1,88314$172$10,584,5382Lionsgate
9Colombiana$233,16218%1,933-421$121$33,807,9074Sony / TriStar
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$219,35617%2,340-547$94$172,057,6357Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$157,25829%1,145-165$137$81,015,8198Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$142,92518%1,747-649$82$23,936,2794Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$131,86326%2,082-766$63$17,547,3193Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$91,03514%1,334-917$68$22,954,6804FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$79,1582%1,795-1535$44$17,042,7613Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$63,64928%1,419-558$45$137,707,3368Sony / Columbia
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$55,83921%1,650-894$34$36,209,8835Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$54,07511%1,5000$36$2,434,1712Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$115,1730%230132$501$3,828,8202CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$64,6818%601-209$108$378,305,00710Warner Bros.
3Seven Days in Utopia$52,18415%437-118$119$3,687,4043Visio Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$48,63913%540-264$90$174,393,3699Paramount
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$46,45615%306129$152$351,418,94612Paramount / DreamWorks
6Horrible Bosses$46,37019%444-59$104$116,589,82411Warner Bros. / New Line
7Cowboys & Aliens$45,74514%614-306$75$98,916,2368Universal
8Sarah's Key$42,62358%266-40$160$6,386,4089Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$27,48048%307-67$90$36,887,2907Universal
10One Day$25,88066%254-238$102$13,807,5255Focus
11Final Destination 5$20,43922%302-353$68$42,176,4016Warner Bros. / New Line
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$11,83840%154-397$77$21,170,5525Lionsgate
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,25313%213-39$43$67,911,30814Fox
15Super 8$8,45915%159-44$53$126,885,64415Paramount
16Saving Private Perez$8,185-1%116-49$71$1,346,2883Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Kung Fu Panda 2$6,010-6%142-22$42$165,140,56217Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern$4,64322%103-52$45$116,559,57514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,84332%490$262$12,862,53124Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Circumstance$6,03530%318$195$265,1494Roadside Attractions
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,49811%1916$289$173,9143Indomina Media
4The Tree of Life$3,854-16%41-21$94$13,159,16017Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$3,10510%35-16$89$1,009,4028Sony / Screen Gems
6Monte Carlo$2,928-9%46-23$64$23,137,47012Fox
7The Devil's Double$2,50224%25-8$100$1,346,5168Lionsgate
8The Future$2,015-15%29--$69$506,2338Roadside Attractions
9Another Earth$1,42123%17-24$84$1,295,5339Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$1,093-5%176$64$385,61311Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$539175%5-3$108$1,342,50210Fox Searchlight
12Tanner Hall$18-60%1-4$18$5,0682Anchor Bay Films