'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 Sat, Nov. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$10,128,045-32%3,112--$3,255$24,969,5281Relativity Media
2Puss in Boots (2011)$9,759,09310%3,903-60$2,500$101,935,0213Paramount / DreamWorks
3Jack and Jill$9,628,736-2%3,438--$2,801$19,465,3611Sony / Columbia
4Tower Heist$5,459,40014%3,3703$1,620$40,919,8002Universal
5J. Edgar$4,463,4005%1,910--$2,337$8,819,8401Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,288,4491%2,8750$796$21,885,6602Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$1,700,51810%2,591-536$656$29,759,0813Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$1,533,76911%2,776-510$553$100,115,2724Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$1,164,75811%2,215-596$526$48,251,7735Paramount
10Real Steel$763,73413%1,758-680$434$81,190,3066Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$488,08831%813-465$600$71,652,5428Sony / Columbia
2The Ides of March$443,34946%696-695$637$38,161,6076Sony / Columbia
3Courageous$400,26615%905-233$442$31,300,8217Sony / TriStar
4The Rum Diary$322,19113%947-1345$340$12,175,8093FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$267,2324%705-400$379$69,465,7188Warner Bros.
6Margin Call$250,88652%19921$1,261$3,182,1474Roadside Attractions
7Anonymous$240,38823%482-32$499$3,607,4353Sony / Columbia
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$203,87731%18385$1,114$1,559,0914Fox Searchlight
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$200,24912%669-1194$299$19,048,9924Summit
11Contagion$131,05723%35595$369$74,790,94510Warner Bros.
12The Smurfs$130,34420%269-9$485$141,592,23116Sony / Columbia
13Johnny English Reborn$83,89529%210-434$400$8,073,8754Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$52,20619%164-35$318$176,298,88815Fox
15Sarah's Key$39,11332%162-156$241$7,546,17817Weinstein Company
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$35,88921%130-42$276$84,227,85416Warner Bros.
17Dream House$35,17532%172-158$205$21,266,2757Universal
19The Thing (2011)$26,85522%141-243$190$16,891,3055Universal
20Killer Elite$25,44116%16041$159$25,075,2248Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$207,09626%7054$2,959$922,4043Paramount Vantage
2Drive (2011)$45,94235%75-61$613$34,233,6949FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$43,247-1%490$883$14,114,05332Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Mighty Macs$21,49615%61-40$352$1,811,6694Quaker Media
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$20,33716%85-140$239$380,939,74118Warner Bros.
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$19,96513%72-26$277$38,407,37113Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$14,95128%83-130$180$7,076,0425Fox
8I Don't Know How She Does It$12,39929%8375$149$9,632,5269Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$9,1329%63-39$145$13,982,5487Fox
10Shark Night 3D$6,62239%29-15$228$18,855,94311Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,39518%32-20$169$24,038,60012FilmDistrict
12Laugh at My Pain$2,92420%13-26$225$7,687,55010CodeBlack Entertainment
13Apollo 18$2,71615%18-75$151$17,681,00611Weinstein Company
14Our Idiot Brother$2,695-2%12-23$225$24,807,73212Weinstein Company
15The Double (2011)$2,2156%12-33$185$132,5403Image Entertainment
16Munger Road$2,19520%7-2$314$265,2957Freestyle Releasing
17The Son of No One$1,16750%4-6$292$28,1342Anchor Bay Films
18Machine Gun Preacher$8182%120$68$526,3668Relativity Media
19Circumstance$500-1%50$100$439,42212Roadside Attractions
20Texas Killing Fields$394190%3-7$131$45,0935Anchor Bay Films
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$34845%1-4$348$487,35011Indomina Media
22The Future$3768%3-2$12$567,78416Roadside Attractions