'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 Wed, Feb. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,467,125-26%3,1212$470$85,260,9002Universal
2The Vow$1,266,647-30%2,9580$428$91,655,9942Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,206,333-31%3,50030$345$61,994,1852Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,047,550-31%3,174--$330$28,038,7431Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,025,112-24%3,189--$321$23,995,4191Fox
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$439,123-23%2,6550$165$36,804,7902Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$418,653-31%1,522--$275$9,713,6861Disney
9The Woman in Black$397,440-22%2,559-297$155$47,310,6963CBS Films
10The Grey$235,500-19%2,107-694$112$49,134,7964Open Road
11The Descendants$221,569-17%1,243-338$178$76,062,42314Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$179,740-31%1,634-499$110$18,046,8653Universal
13Red Tails$106,044-9%1,009-571$105$48,109,0105Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$244,826-11%8080$303$28,590,06513Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$113,149-15%623111$182$24,903,3018Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$96,242-17%826-831$117$61,805,9935Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$61,810-16%933-1123$66$25,741,2274Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$59,256-3%577-798$103$30,894,5529Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$47,548-14%403138$118$185,489,56910Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,108-18%400-102$100$129,961,36610Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$39,421-15%184-48$214$22,887,58511Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$39,227-22%275-194$143$207,494,25010Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$28,565-25%401-1022$71$18,518,0624Lionsgate
13The Adventures of Tintin$28,357-29%30346$94$76,597,6009Paramount
14War Horse$27,893-12%394-108$71$78,834,9949Disney / DreamWorks
15My Week with Marilyn$23,626-9%120-5$197$13,743,94113Weinstein Company
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$23,234-8%214-464$109$47,152,9126Disney
17Albert Nobbs$23,131-11%119-32$194$2,456,8134Roadside Attractions
18We Bought a Zoo$19,851-22%287-133$69$73,788,1729Fox
19Puss in Boots (2011)$13,893-11%163-46$85$149,103,54717Paramount / DreamWorks
20Joyful Noise$13,602-26%340-346$40$30,387,4856Warner Bros.
21The Darkest Hour$7,905-12%11395$70$21,353,8899Summit
22Happy Feet Two$6,958-21%135-67$52$63,875,40314Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,252-18%148-82$22$281,283,22014Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,9281%451$554$16,475,76746Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,734-32%98-13$99$1,082,2962UTV Communications
3Shame$9,313-7%44-8$212$3,754,36612Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$6,408-20%79-184$81$18,780,4785Relativity Media
5W.E.$5,951-7%203$298$223,1583Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$3,9769%132$306$339,0955Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$3,720-7%8752$43$16,308,04311Paramount
8Undefeated$3,06321%5--$613$47,8321Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,61020%130$201$697,3958Focus
10New Year's Eve$1,3046%33-122$40$54,543,06011Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Devil Inside$1,128-22%34-61$33$53,185,8007Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$600-30%8-2$75$288,2429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$330-7%11-31$30$37,305,63415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$2786%29-4$10$83,503,70115Relativity Media