'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 Wed, Oct. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,140,394-25%3,321--$645$60,459,4421Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$630,600-18%3,5556$177$32,347,5712Paramount
3The Three Musketeers (2011)$583,031-31%3,017--$193$10,760,7131Summit
4Real Steel$552,524-18%3,412-28$162$68,563,6413Disney / DreamWorks
5The Ides of March$423,420-14%2,042-157$207$30,382,6353Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$356,472-10%2,353-487$151$64,671,3595Sony / Columbia
8The Thing (2011)$269,550-18%2,995-1$90$14,932,7452Universal
9Dolphin Tale$231,136-1%2,828-458$82$65,103,7055Warner Bros.
10Courageous$200,590-12%1,195-19$168$25,605,2804Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$193,990-37%1,552--$125$4,546,8901Universal
12The Big Year$141,845-19%2,1500$66$6,447,5772Fox
13The Lion King 3D$74,842-11%1,091-879$69$92,852,7876Disney
14Dream House$61,195-9%1,224-948$50$20,369,5504Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$80,664-4%776-491$104$166,423,72011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Mighty Macs$77,398-11%975--$79$1,192,1171Quaker Media
3Contagion$71,481-5%901-783$79$73,689,9827Warner Bros.
4Drive (2011)$64,069-15%367-336$175$33,393,5666FilmDistrict
5The Way$56,145-9%283--$198$1,181,7973Producers Distribution Agency
6Killer Elite$43,601-18%751-680$58$24,757,7375Open Road
8What's Your Number?$29,723-23%343-939$87$13,786,2444Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$25,881-15%308146$84$83,724,06313Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,739-15%249-24$75$175,691,07212Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,753-2%240-90$66$380,578,23115Warner Bros.
12The Debt$11,750-4%119-81$99$31,085,1468Focus
13Captain America: The First Avenger$11,733-14%184-62$64$176,460,45114Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,170-7%131-77$70$100,144,81113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,262-15%103-85$80$7,584,5797CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3851%178-133$30$38,213,84010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,376-8%102-13$43$18,746,9428Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$52,1110%56--$931$714,4271Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$15,201-3%4--$3,800$184,3281Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$14,061-10%490$287$13,711,88929Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$5,475-5%48-38$114$7,040,99914Weinstein Company
5Our Idiot Brother$4,541-11%7938$57$24,746,7689Weinstein Company
6Machine Gun Preacher$4,021-14%25-18$161$488,3585Relativity Media
7Warrior (2011)$2,674-12%65-70$41$13,640,7817Lionsgate
8Horrible Bosses$2,5792%50-35$52$117,535,92916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Labios Rojos$2,448-1%43-24$57$129,5022Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,759-25%53-27$33$23,931,4999FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,422-23%21--$68$479,1048Indomina Media
12Texas Killing Fields$1,388-12%41$347$27,0712Anchor Bay Films
13Munger Road$1,300-20%16-16$81$224,6824Freestyle Releasing
14Circumstance$1,017-36%10-9$102$422,3149Roadside Attractions
15Dirty Girl$721-11%5-5$144$49,9053Weinstein Company
16I Don't Know How She Does It$676-28%29-78$23$9,597,5446Weinstein Company
17Project Nim$566-16%128$47$205,20216Roadside Attractions
18The Future$525-2%14--$38$561,95613Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$456-48%13-5$35$17,553,8398Weinstein Company
20Thunder Soul$74-50%4-8$19$143,3525Roadside Attractions