'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 Thu, Nov. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$1,586,052-15%3,112--$510$40,727,9301Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$838,104-5%3,438--$244$29,027,9061Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$801,612-1%3,903-60$205$111,587,5623Paramount / DreamWorks
4J. Edgar$738,036-15%1,9101903$386$14,794,6941Warner Bros.
5Tower Heist$655,515-10%3,3703$195$46,433,7752Universal
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$453,136-13%2,8750$158$25,432,8462Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$247,031-11%2,591-536$95$31,743,8413Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$174,914-10%2,776-510$63$101,618,6774Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$126,666-5%2,215-596$57$49,305,6805Paramount
10Real Steel$92,846-3%1,758-680$53$82,004,0466Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Courageous$95,54719%905-233$106$31,907,9787Sony / TriStar
2The Ides of March$67,744-8%696-695$97$38,639,8716Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$66,357-9%813-465$82$72,128,9048Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$63,781-22%947-1345$67$12,691,1973FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$55,8631%482-32$116$3,976,3423Sony / Columbia
6Martha Marcy May Marlene$46,414-5%18385$254$1,873,7874Fox Searchlight
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$41,60215%669-1194$62$19,332,7314Summit
9The Way$33,790-2%171-53$198$2,763,6056Producers Distribution Agency
10Dolphin Tale$33,32119%705-400$47$69,756,1378Warner Bros.
11Contagion$26,987-1%35595$76$74,978,87110Warner Bros.
12Sarah's Key$13,4741%162-156$83$7,629,91617Weinstein Company
13Johnny English Reborn$10,485-1%210-434$50$8,182,1604Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,7192%164-35$53$176,368,59415Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$8,3756%130-42$64$84,276,47616Warner Bros.
16Killer Elite$7,5551%16041$47$25,124,9868Open Road
17The Thing (2011)$5,57011%141-243$40$16,928,6705Universal
19Dream House$4,3251%172-158$25$21,302,3407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$47,113-2%7054$673$1,245,0063Paramount Vantage
2Margin Call$43,725-5%0-178--$3,492,2374Roadside Attractions
3The Descendants$39,423-1%5--$7,885$79,2000Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,73763%490$403$14,199,88832Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,951-28%75-61$106$34,301,3479FilmDistrict
6The Mighty Macs$5,938-11%61-40$97$1,845,3884Quaker Media
7The Big Year$2,96411%83-130$36$7,093,2835Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,907-48%85-140$34$380,974,76218Warner Bros.
9I Don't Know How She Does It$2,8839%8375$35$9,651,0469Weinstein Company
10What's Your Number?$2,32910%63-39$37$13,996,9857Fox
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,81117%72-26$25$38,428,87613Weinstein Company
12Inni$1,22451%4-3$306$82,3433Cinema Purgatorio
13The Double (2011)$912-13%12-33$76$137,9223Image Entertainment
14Our Idiot Brother$79845%12-23$67$24,812,61912Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$768-3%27-17$28$18,863,96411Relativity Media
16Apollo 18$506-11%18-75$28$17,685,91311Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$35464%50$71$440,97212Roadside Attractions
18Machine Gun Preacher$350-2%120$29$528,0818Relativity Media
19Laugh at My Pain$235-48%13-25$18$7,690,19710CodeBlack Entertainment
20The Son of No One$224-20%4-6$56$30,6802Anchor Bay Films
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$80400%1-4$80$487,70011Indomina Media
22The Future$26117%3-2$9$568,18616Roadside Attractions
23Texas Killing Fields$18-63%3-7$6$45,4705Anchor Bay Films