'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. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footloose (2011)$1,268,06025%3,549--$357$17,836,2191Paramount
2Real Steel$1,160,79810%3,4400$337$53,945,2382Disney / DreamWorks
3The Thing (2011)$748,33514%2,996--$250$9,901,0351Universal
4The Ides of March$729,44834%2,1990$332$23,038,3702Sony / Columbia
5Moneyball$563,28026%2,840-178$198$58,679,6764Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$391,4908%3,286-192$119$59,314,1514Warner Bros.
8Courageous$319,30315%1,21453$263$21,880,5053Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$314,86730%2,150--$146$3,808,5651Fox
10The Lion King 3D$211,6209%1,970-297$107$90,941,5035Disney
11Dream House$173,7607%2,172-492$80$18,721,4753Universal
12Contagion$162,68210%1,684-566$97$72,310,3716Warner Bros.
13The Help$144,83115%1,267-797$114$165,176,20610Disney / DreamWorks
14What's Your Number?$135,35530%1,282-1729$106$13,190,3133Fox
15Killer Elite$133,10926%1,431-980$93$24,002,2584Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Drive (2011)$128,30214%703-627$183$32,354,3735FilmDistrict
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$28,66116%330-77$87$380,288,85814Warner Bros.
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,23425%273-109$92$175,352,25311Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$22,56814%246-57$92$176,216,10213Paramount
5Laugh at My Pain$21,514-8%188-60$114$7,407,6836CodeBlack Entertainment
6The Debt$20,42810%200-158$102$30,914,1797Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$17,22932%162-60$106$83,375,09512Warner Bros.
8Cowboys & Aliens$14,56027%2082$70$99,994,83112Universal
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,469-14%311-54$37$38,061,2119Weinstein Company
10Warrior (2011)$7,8101%135-184$58$13,588,0936Lionsgate
11I Don't Know How She Does It$4,58220%107-133$43$9,578,8945Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$2,86822%115-30$25$18,661,3707Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,34430%49--$395$13,540,48728Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,88224%43-50$207$428,9804Relativity Media
3Labios Rojos$7,35918%67--$110$87,0731Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Sarah's Key$7,25130%86-27$84$6,987,22713Weinstein Company
5Horrible Bosses$5,84835%85-57$69$117,495,57215Warner Bros. / New Line
6Munger Road$3,729-13%3223$117$183,1143Freestyle Releasing
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,868-6%80-34$36$23,892,3558FilmDistrict
8Seven Days in Utopia$2,7137%41-36$66$4,337,9667Visio Entertainment
9Circumstance$2,70449%191$142$404,6768Roadside Attractions
10Apollo 18$2,492157%18-28$138$17,543,5937Weinstein Company
11Our Idiot Brother$2,46130%41-26$60$24,694,7128Weinstein Company
12Dirty Girl$1,42728%101$143$41,4212Weinstein Company
13Texas Killing Fields$1,212-1%3--$404$11,2121Anchor Bay Films
14The Future$896-7%0-15--$553,66812Roadside Attractions
15Thunder Soul$64235%12-25$54$140,7214Roadside Attractions
16Margaret$55743%6-8$93$41,2803Fox Searchlight
17Project Nim$53563%3-3$18$399,95315Roadside Attractions