'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, Apr. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,608,765-13%4,1370$1,114$262,939,4072Lionsgate
2Titanic 3D$4,375,338--2,674--$1,636$4,700,3380Paramount
3Wrath of the Titans$2,251,221-23%3,545--$635$41,223,9121Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$1,661,674-16%3,603--$461$23,303,4951Relativity Media
521 Jump Street$1,459,242-15%3,14827$464$97,402,3053Sony / Columbia
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$891,750-12%3,075-602$290$192,036,6005Universal
7John Carter$193,582-29%1,807-1405$107$66,906,9134Disney
8Act of Valor$119,6610%1,239-980$97$68,085,9616Relativity Media
9A Thousand Words$104,859-7%1,007-780$104$16,815,3294Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,249-10%483359$261$3,536,4064CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$83,296-26%908-432$92$98,730,3388Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$81,418-24%903-1162$90$53,630,4015Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$68,430-15%513259$133$2,904,1903Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$62,255-22%622-708$100$124,086,1908Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$45,013-26%439-36$103$5,172,6843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$42,082-11%222-26$190$132,473,07416Fox
8Friends With Kids$38,429-33%306-252$126$6,456,2474Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$36,028-13%514-744$70$123,580,6498Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$35,041-26%449-739$78$53,195,7437Fox
11The Iron Lady$31,07913%284-43$109$29,493,85014Weinstein Company
12The Artist$30,990-4%315-261$98$43,634,88519Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$23,068-17%321-300$72$34,476,9156Lionsgate
15We Bought a Zoo$16,652-11%123-32$135$75,329,79915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$15,003-12%325-877$46$12,418,4164Open Road
18The Woman in Black$14,1111%179-1$79$53,987,5839CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,324-7%150-50$89$209,278,30116Paramount
20The Descendants$10,328-6%118-81$88$82,465,76120Fox Searchlight
21Big Miracle$10,200-14%170-54$60$20,144,5559Universal
22The Grey$7,305-10%2040$36$51,497,21410Open Road
24One For the Money$4,487-4%102-49$44$26,383,24410Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,3657%400$859$17,751,10052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,328-6%5--$1,866$145,0511Weinstein Company
3Red Tails$6,278-42%83-48$76$49,726,89511Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,075-14%55-31$74$186,842,73716Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$3,174-29%40-33$79$491,4495Focus
6Undefeated$2,898-2%16-1$181$432,1527Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$2,524-50%29-15$87$2,948,80910Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$2,229-8%16-3$139$606,50611Weinstein Company
9W.E.$2,159-29%213$103$498,2869Weinstein Company
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,974-50%20-54$99$43,280,8988Fox
12My Week with Marilyn$848-2%12-32$71$14,599,69919Weinstein Company