'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 Tue, Jan. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,701,31632%3,555100$479$172,558,9984Paramount
2The Devil Inside$1,403,6071%2,285--$614$36,532,4651Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,343,45828%3,603-100$373$159,445,1814Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,254,97533%2,95036$425$79,097,7713Sony / Columbia
5War Horse$983,96846%2,783236$354$58,562,0113Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$640,93138%3,1707$202$57,504,0773Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$538,59435%3,006-81$179$62,946,9763Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$403,2968%3,425-299$118$112,363,5794Fox
9New Year's Eve$233,22334%1,864-361$125$52,275,5455Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$216,58216%2,163-164$100$19,093,5473Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$125,92316%1,058-353$119$278,649,7778Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$70,7373%1,236-305$57$85,700,4437Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$507,37926%809752$627$11,038,8035Focus
2The Descendants$299,63556%737-21$407$44,452,1008Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$151,36733%830-157$182$15,013,4265Paramount
4The Artist$135,41032%1725$787$7,335,6327Weinstein Company
6My Week with Marilyn$118,46043%584-46$203$10,659,7597Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$118,38319%758-590$156$28,941,0175Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$38,69210%351-38$110$146,671,22711Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$28,02519%29542$95$77,250,04510Universal
10Happy Feet Two$16,23422%285-240$57$61,386,1908Warner Bros.
11J. Edgar$15,55735%152-303$102$36,889,2879Warner Bros.
12Immortals$12,31822%128-100$96$82,874,3019Relativity Media
13In Time$12,28216%1329$93$37,261,17811Fox
14A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$7,81514%125-120$63$35,048,45710Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dolphin Tale$6,54426%149-39$44$72,177,55716Warner Bros.
16Footloose (2011)$6,48040%131-51$49$51,791,63413Paramount
17Arthur Christmas$4,625-29%280-1063$17$46,451,6207Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$35,44343%45-10$788$2,426,8666Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$16,2487%51$3,250$552,1172Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$12,08020%60$2,013$520,8183Warner Bros.
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,919-2%45-4$265$15,351,50340Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pariah (2011)$10,97142%117$997$252,1062Focus
6Drive (2011)$7,13839%305$238$34,923,85417FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,11411%75$588$98,4893FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$3,31131%301$110$5,306,56112Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$1,92696%15-15$128$3,391,11811Paramount Vantage
10Inni$16218%10$162$122,30911Cinema Purgatorio