'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 Mon, Dec. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,147,289-71%4,046-20$284$248,073,6983Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$571,567-82%3,4400$166$56,928,7372Disney
4Immortals$426,225-65%2,627-50$162$76,085,3994Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$327,985-86%3,3760$97$25,671,4722Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$312,277-82%3,536-75$88$52,016,8433Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$280,922-78%3,04920$92$64,446,3764Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$263,250-70%2,404-70$110$70,862,0055Universal
9J. Edgar$223,148-60%1,98575$112$32,792,6404Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$170,302-82%2,750-255$62$139,684,7446Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$52,541-59%1,004817$52$73,840,02611Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$50,255-59%1,016857$49$40,173,8459Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$353,076-69%574141$615$18,030,1473Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$110,352-66%2440$452$3,971,1032Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$96,213-60%710-165$136$33,181,5585Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$47,336-64%421-36$112$35,897,8316Fox
5Courageous$22,968-66%26554$87$33,059,09210Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$22,294-66%1522$147$2,896,6676Paramount Vantage
7Dolphin Tale$19,602-79%410194$48$70,734,47811Warner Bros.
8The Way$18,624--16059$116$3,642,3489Producers Distribution Agency
9Margin Call$16,700-69%15111$111$4,701,4557Roadside Attractions
11Paranormal Activity 3$11,192-61%255-100$44$103,453,6367Paramount
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$10,691-63%208-16$51$20,105,1567Summit
13Footloose (2011)$9,057-69%309-75$29$51,040,2918Paramount
14Anonymous$7,315-62%10533$70$4,402,7716Sony / Columbia
16Contagion$5,580-65%155-63$36$75,571,95913Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$39,338-60%10--$3,934$388,8571Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$20,901-69%62$3,484$522,5252Weinstein Company
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,721-62%84-29$104$2,740,7327Fox Searchlight
4Drive (2011)$7,195-52%86-7$84$34,605,51712FilmDistrict
5Pastorela$7,010-79%55--$127$89,1851Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,594-64%490$135$14,570,97735Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Rum Diary$4,873-57%639$77$13,023,7726FilmDistrict
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,449-73%84-19$41$176,649,84518Fox
9Circumstance$1,71230%3--$571$447,50115Roadside Attractions
10Answers to Nothing$1,665-48%21--$79$15,9271Roadside Attractions
11The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,458-93%245$61$160,9892Warner Bros.
12Inni$882107%3-2$294$110,3516Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$351-88%31-17$11$38,529,01716Weinstein Company
14Sarah's Key$312-51%7-20$45$7,692,01220Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$124-50%51$25$7,704,60513CodeBlack Entertainment