'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, Apr. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$5,324,24618%4,1370$1,287$258,330,6422Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,942,17914%3,545--$830$38,972,6911Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,969,53729%3,603--$547$21,641,8211Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,718,82628%3,14827$546$95,943,0633Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,84026%3,264-413$310$191,144,8505Universal
6John Carter$274,23134%2,397-815$114$66,713,3314Disney
7Act of Valor$119,82719%1,239-980$97$67,966,3006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$112,63025%1,007-780$112$16,710,4704Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$139,83139%483359$290$3,410,1574CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$112,34842%908-432$124$98,647,0428Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$106,49920%903-1162$118$53,548,9835Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,83029%513259$158$2,835,7603Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$80,19029%729-601$110$124,023,9358Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$60,8219%439-36$139$5,127,6713Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$57,50767%306-252$188$6,417,8184Roadside Attractions
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,35341%222-26$213$132,430,99216Fox
9This Means War$47,32430%575-613$82$53,160,7027Fox
10The Vow$41,46840%514-744$81$123,544,6218Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$32,25928%315-261$102$43,603,89519Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$27,69413%321-300$86$34,453,8476Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$27,58935%284-43$97$29,462,77114Weinstein Company
15We Bought a Zoo$18,63824%136-19$137$75,313,14715Fox
17Silent House (2012)$16,97718%325-877$52$12,403,4134Open Road
18Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,26229%150-50$95$209,264,97716Paramount
19The Woman in Black$13,97312%179-1$78$53,973,4729CBS Films
20Big Miracle$11,89540%170-54$70$20,134,3559Universal
21The Descendants$11,03641%118-81$94$82,455,43320Fox Searchlight
22Red Tails$10,75365%101-30$106$49,720,61711Fox
24The Grey$8,15024%2040$40$51,489,90910Open Road
25One For the Money$4,65227%102-49$46$26,378,75710Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,11557%400$803$17,716,73552Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,9116%5--$1,982$135,7231Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$5,0436%29-15$174$2,946,28510Roadside Attractions
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,76548%55-31$87$186,838,66216Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$4,47118%40-33$112$488,2755Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,90914%30-44$130$43,278,9248Fox
7W.E.$3,05834%213$146$496,1279Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,95847%16-1$185$429,2547Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$2,4108%16-3$151$604,27711Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$86951%12-32$72$14,598,85119Weinstein Company