'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, Sep. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,249,5022%2,330--$965$39,546,0701Disney
2Contagion$1,003,0803%3,2220$311$48,556,6722Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$964,752-2%2,886--$334$15,653,3751FilmDistrict
4The Help$670,3386%3,01479$222$150,044,1026Disney / DreamWorks
5I Don't Know How She Does It$366,138-2%2,476--$148$5,966,4251Weinstein Company
6Straw Dogs (2011)$350,177-5%2,408--$145$6,783,8541Sony / Screen Gems
7The Debt$278,2813%1,831-45$152$27,706,4633Focus
8Warrior (2011)$254,0171%1,88314$135$11,090,2912Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$192,9353%2,340-547$82$172,438,5237Fox
10Colombiana$191,0572%1,933-421$99$34,185,4434Sony / TriStar
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$141,49210%1,145-165$124$81,285,5508Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$127,3815%1,747-649$73$24,185,3864Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$103,506-2%2,082-766$50$17,756,4373Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$88,79711%1,334-917$67$23,123,5214FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$77,8361%1,795-1535$43$17,197,3803Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$52,9562%1,419-558$37$137,812,0568Sony / Columbia
17Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$48,1382%1,5000$32$2,529,3952Sony / Columbia
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,571-22%1,650-894$23$36,308,4385Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$102,6514%230132$446$4,030,4832CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$70,81416%601-209$118$378,436,86810Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$52,37616%540-264$97$174,490,9339Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$51,80716%437-118$119$3,783,8153Visio Entertainment
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$43,37311%306129$142$351,501,53912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Horrible Bosses$42,959-2%444-59$97$116,676,77111Warner Bros. / New Line
7Cowboys & Aliens$42,6758%614-306$70$98,998,5168Universal
8Sarah's Key$37,5714%266-40$141$6,460,1839Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$21,6051%307-67$70$36,930,2357Universal
10One Day$19,48916%254-238$77$13,843,7715Focus
11Final Destination 5$17,3401%302-353$57$42,210,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,2846%154-397$67$21,190,5255Lionsgate
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,62713%213-39$45$67,929,45514Fox
15Super 8$8,68116%159-44$55$126,901,81915Paramount
16Saving Private Perez$7,3426%116-49$63$1,360,5753Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Kung Fu Panda 2$5,6955%142-22$40$165,151,69817Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern$4,65313%103-52$45$116,568,36114Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$15,52527%490$317$12,890,28124Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$6,244-23%41-21$152$13,173,56317Fox Searchlight
3Circumstance$5,929-7%318$191$277,4494Roadside Attractions
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,128-3%1916$270$184,3083Indomina Media
5Attack the Block$3,47023%35-16$99$1,015,6938Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$2,8667%29--$99$511,7798Roadside Attractions
7Monte Carlo$2,840-29%46-23$62$23,144,31512Fox
8The Devil's Double$1,449-3%25-8$58$1,349,4658Lionsgate
9Another Earth$1,35665%17-24$80$1,297,7109Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$7548%176$44$387,06811Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$161-60%5-3$32$1,343,06910Fox Searchlight