'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, Dec. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$14,694,4631%3,703--$3,968$29,302,4451Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,886,25747%3,723--$2,655$16,593,2211Fox
3New Year's Eve$2,901,20515%3,5050$828$22,837,4532Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$1,798,22324%2,7522$653$16,564,4252Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,714,27434%2,958-646$580$265,122,6705Lionsgate / Summit
7Arthur Christmas$1,571,34687%2,929-343$536$37,360,1974Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$1,541,56380%2,808-520$549$69,869,9224Disney
9Jack and Jill$538,08549%1,910-877$282$70,175,9576Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$451,43872%1,780-1060$254$58,546,0325Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$407,75048%1,315-754$310$75,571,7157Universal
12Immortals$348,03545%1,216-1083$286$81,625,5016Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$4,748,56716%425--$11,173$9,451,4101Paramount
2The Descendants$1,469,07958%8782$1,673$27,775,3905Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$1,392,60228%986978$1,412$2,922,4712Paramount
4My Week with Marilyn$256,74064%2440$1,052$5,908,6084Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$205,18592%757-1086$271$142,622,4448Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$174,04961%703-852$248$35,614,5346Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$87,40685%281-61$311$71,272,43513Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$69,10428%202-268$342$34,361,0117Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$65,82736%273-81$241$36,683,7348Fox
10Footloose (2011)$50,94139%25352$201$51,256,52610Paramount
11Margin Call$48,07188%121-27$397$5,090,1839Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 3$37,21848%206-96$181$103,754,2619Paramount
13Courageous$36,12146%101-90$358$33,472,18112Sony / TriStar
14Like Crazy$22,64333%100-62$226$3,235,4458Paramount Vantage
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$20,35833%123-45$166$20,300,7939Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$189,10654%1612$11,819$735,0302Focus
2Shame$121,82537%5130$2,389$1,134,5353Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$120,98765%171$7,117$1,234,5194Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$50,59179%250$2,024$430,6264Warner Bros.
5Moneyball$36,04678%98-110$368$74,298,15513Sony / Columbia
6Born to Be Wild 3D$21,01631%490$429$14,766,91237Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Ides of March$20,88875%72-115$290$40,555,04211Sony / Columbia
8Drive (2011)$17,02343%56-14$304$34,733,33514FilmDistrict
9Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,69431%39-33$197$2,862,2259Fox Searchlight
10The Rum Diary$5,03136%30-33$168$13,096,3358FilmDistrict
11Pastorela$4,22383%19-25$222$152,6943Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Cook County$2,764-1%5--$553$5,5491Hanover House
13Inni$264-14%1-3$264$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
14Answers to Nothing$111455%1-6$111$22,0033Roadside Attractions