'Guardians of the Galaxy' Easily Leads with $22.9M; 'As Above/So Below' Debuts in Fifth with $10.3M; 'The November Man' Lands in Sixth with $10.1MSeptember 02, 2014 12:30 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took $22.91 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 $281.20 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 film grossed $17.08 million over the three-day frame this weekend.

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 $15.62 million. The successful franchise re-launch was down 7 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 $166.28 million. The film took in $11.92 million over the three-day frame.

Warner's If I Stay claimed third place with a four-day take of $11.77 million. That represented a respectable 25 percent decline from last weekend. If I Stay continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with $32.33 million in eleven days. The film is performing well given its modest price tag and is running 21.5 percent ahead of the $26.62 million eleven-day take of last year's Carrie. The film grossed $9.31 million over the three-day frame.

Universal's As Above/So Below debuted in fifth place over the four-day frame with $10.28 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 film took in $8.63 million over the three-day weekend.

The November Man opened in sixth with a four-day take of $10.11 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 $11.79 million. That places The November Man 20 percent behind the $14.75 million six-day start of 2011's The Debt. The film received a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore. The November Man grossed $7.91 million over the three-day weekend.

Let's Be Cops placed in fourth with a four-day gross of $10.37 million. Fox's low-budget action comedy was down a solid 4 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 $59.49 million. The film took in $8.29 million over the three-day frame.

On the limited front, Cantinflas was off to a solid start with a four-day take of $3.36 million. The biopic from Lionsgate and Pantelion earned a healthy per-location average of $8,791 from 382 locations. Cantinflas grossed $2.66 million over the three-day frame.

Meanwhile, Sony's re-issue of Ghostbusters grossed $2.31 million over the four-day frame from 784 locations. The re-issue of the 1984 blockbuster took in $1.76 million over the three-day weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Sep. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,813,90125%2,993--$606$22,761,0921Sony / Columbia
2The Lion King 3D$1,743,36118%2,3300$748$64,697,4022Disney
3Killer Elite$979,66426%2,986--$328$11,106,6721Open Road
4Dolphin Tale$879,06318%3,507--$251$20,775,7951Warner Bros.
6Contagion$721,04824%3,136-86$230$58,312,0503Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$668,94834%2,90418$230$22,585,3032FilmDistrict
8The Help$510,26024%2,695-319$189$155,336,6217Disney / DreamWorks
9I Don't Know How She Does It$247,98552%2,49014$100$8,379,9242Weinstein Company
10Straw Dogs (2011)$234,82530%2,4080$98$9,251,0812Sony / Screen Gems
11The Debt$130,12826%1,067-764$122$29,200,8594Focus
12Warrior (2011)$104,1408%1,411-472$74$12,410,9163Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,38310%1,178-1162$73$173,765,4858Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$23,9081%1,207-443$20$37,074,3606Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$90,0206%28757$314$5,340,7453CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$83,93923%847-1086$99$35,272,5285Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,88633%675-470$118$82,208,9529Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$36,0114%320-281$113$378,894,90911Warner Bros.
5Shark Night 3D$33,08520%637-1445$52$18,283,9684Relativity Media
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$31,1628%251-55$124$351,962,68113Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$28,86918%313-131$92$116,997,08212Warner Bros. / New Line
8Our Idiot Brother$28,80230%411-1336$70$24,489,4185Weinstein Company
9The Smurfs$27,99011%669-750$42$138,407,0749Sony / Columbia
10Captain America: The First Avenger$27,10816%334-206$81$174,843,53610Paramount
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$25,2625%424-910$60$23,526,6965FilmDistrict
12Cowboys & Aliens$24,07516%345-269$70$99,321,0419Universal
13Final Destination 5$18,56815%254-48$73$42,415,3057Warner Bros. / New Line
14Sarah's Key$16,2359%151-115$108$6,623,83110Weinstein Company
15The Change-Up$13,52045%169-138$80$37,058,6608Universal
16Apollo 18$12,143-1%339-1456$36$17,409,3124Weinstein Company
18Super 8$7,18213%117-42$61$126,988,68216Paramount
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,437-9%153-60$36$68,049,96615Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$4,308-14%113-29$38$165,239,57218Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,7020%490$259$13,031,47125Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,9858%4829$187$284,0384Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$6,84234%39-2$175$13,217,26318Fox Searchlight
4Thunder Soul$3,2850%35--$94$57,8161Roadside Attractions
5Machine Gun Preacher$3,2106%4--$803$51,3701Relativity Media
6Circumstance$3,1402%29-2$108$316,4625Roadside Attractions
7Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,80751%56-98$50$21,215,6826Lionsgate
8Green Lantern$2,14711%49-54$44$116,597,27315Warner Bros.
9Saving Private Perez$2,086-7%44-72$47$1,396,0904Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Future$1,80117%27-2$67$524,4309Roadside Attractions
11Monte Carlo$1,783-5%34-12$52$23,182,96113Fox
12The Devil's Double$1,42845%4823$30$1,359,4549Lionsgate
13Project Nim$994102%181$55$393,04112Roadside Attractions