'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, Oct. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,061,17224%2,9930$355$39,913,8942Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$784,08528%3,5158$223$38,578,9002Warner Bros.
4The Lion King 3D$624,4049%2,34010$267$80,408,1373Disney
5Killer Elite$601,12332%2,9860$201$18,556,2672Open Road
6Courageous$597,5578%1,161--$515$10,263,8981Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$570,84235%3,002--$190$6,415,8441Fox
8Dream House$558,81017%2,661--$210$9,167,1451Universal
9Contagion$433,18823%2,744-392$158$65,354,9674Warner Bros.
11The Help$365,78227%2,505-190$146$160,026,2388Disney / DreamWorks
12Drive (2011)$361,34224%1,974-930$183$27,655,1393FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$69,00528%603-464$114$30,196,6515Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$56,909-1%274-13$208$6,364,8484CodeBlack Entertainment
3Straw Dogs (2011)$46,98612%874-1534$54$10,156,9433Sony / Screen Gems
4Warrior (2011)$45,95611%707-704$65$13,169,9564Lionsgate
5Captain America: The First Avenger$45,10415%35016$129$175,414,63711Paramount
6I Don't Know How She Does It$44,82036%745-1745$60$9,299,7763Weinstein Company
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$42,44833%405-270$105$82,837,81110Warner Bros.
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$42,17814%591-587$71$174,561,9099Fox
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,8317%252-68$99$379,293,58512Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$17,98515%241-104$75$99,586,26110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$16,85514%222-91$76$117,255,50213Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$15,8479%710-497$22$37,574,7297Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$14,0126%208-43$67$352,249,35914Paramount / DreamWorks
14Sarah's Key$13,80220%139-12$99$6,795,38911Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$10,31419%292-345$35$18,511,0795Relativity Media
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$10,2008%216-208$47$23,728,1206FilmDistrict
17Seven Days in Utopia$8,672-3%135--$64$4,216,5635Visio Entertainment
18Our Idiot Brother$7,60431%136-275$56$24,616,6146Weinstein Company
19Conan the Barbarian (2011)$6,56111%11559$57$21,283,3597Lionsgate
20Final Destination 5$6,49510%144-110$45$42,533,3238Warner Bros. / New Line
21Apollo 18$4,1972%114-225$37$17,494,3645Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,529-1%103-50$34$68,138,25516Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$11,286-7%490$230$13,205,04126Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,678-2%3329$263$160,4612Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,3026%34-14$156$365,5765Indomina Media
4Munger Road$2,2801%1--$2,280$41,1481Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$2,090-17%23-6$91$350,3316Roadside Attractions
6Thunder Soul$1,54649%13-22$119$83,9752Roadside Attractions
7Muran$1,34737%10--$135$18,8201UTV Communications
8The Future$1,057-11%16-11$66$538,19610Roadside Attractions
9Margaret$1,0124%2--$506$9,5071Fox Searchlight
10Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$79852%6--$133$8,2331Freestyle Releasing
11Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$4321%9--$48$10,4081UTV Communications
12Project Nim$25626%7-11$37$398,24413Roadside Attractions