'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, Dec. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,125,3675%4,046-20$278$251,583,2673Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$584,3733%3,4400$170$58,763,2582Disney
4Immortals$415,9171%2,627-50$158$77,407,5054Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$409,4628%3,3760$121$26,890,1122Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$349,0245%3,536-75$99$53,100,1013Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$314,8904%3,04920$103$65,442,2874Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$300,5259%2,404-70$125$71,763,5305Universal
9J. Edgar$244,516-2%1,98575$123$33,572,6984Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$182,4577%2,750-255$66$140,245,2756Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$62,7936%1,004817$63$74,026,60311Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$57,4274%1,016857$57$40,349,2089Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$376,102-1%574141$655$19,250,4233Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$112,062-4%2440$459$4,337,8392Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$106,1335%710-165$149$33,511,4595Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$50,3461%421-36$120$36,058,8726Fox
5Like Crazy$30,73817%1522$202$2,981,3136Paramount Vantage
6Courageous$25,328-8%26554$96$33,139,87910Sony / TriStar
7The Way$21,894-2%16059$137$3,713,5719Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$20,9507%15111$139$4,768,9507Roadside Attractions
9Dolphin Tale$20,3694%410194$50$70,798,91511Warner Bros.
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$11,61416%208-16$56$20,141,2837Summit
12Paranormal Activity 3$11,3017%255-100$44$103,486,3527Paramount
13Footloose (2011)$10,422-3%309-75$34$51,072,4288Paramount
14Anonymous$10,12512%10533$96$4,431,4406Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$9,06547%155-63$58$75,593,98413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$32,531-1%10--$3,253$498,0861Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$25,60011%62$4,267$593,3802Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,37758%490$314$14,613,74535Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$10,3824%84-29$124$2,770,0277Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$8,58434%245$358$181,8602Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$7,9449%86-7$92$34,629,04512FilmDistrict
7The Rum Diary$5,517-1%639$88$13,040,9916FilmDistrict
8Pastorela$4,890-19%55--$89$105,7001Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,4134%84-19$53$176,662,41618Fox
10Answers to Nothing$1,18812%21--$57$20,4381Roadside Attractions
11Inni$865115%2-3$433$112,2676Cinema Purgatorio
12Circumstance$593--1--$593$449,75915Roadside Attractions
13Sarah's Key$48232%7-20$69$7,693,18720Weinstein Company
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$451-18%31-17$15$38,530,48816Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$18589%51$37$7,705,03913CodeBlack Entertainment