'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 Fri, May. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$29,223,517136%4,3490$6,720$299,242,8902Disney
2Dark Shadows$9,673,463--3,755--$2,576$9,673,4631Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$1,570,870179%2,05242$766$77,187,6024Sony / Screen Gems
4The Lucky One (2012)$1,300,460195%2,839-166$458$50,981,2014Warner Bros.
5The Hunger Games$1,187,702155%2,531-263$469$383,689,3888Lionsgate
6The Five-Year Engagement$963,37593%2,569-372$375$22,272,7853Universal
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$740,538143%3,079-279$241$20,644,0963Sony / Columbia
8The Raven$408,17450%1,888-321$216$13,753,1023Relativity Media
9Safe (2012)$387,33843%1,690-581$229$14,657,5933Lionsgate
11The Cabin in the Woods$303,07362%1,029-640$295$39,085,5205Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$270,834199%1,416-758$191$40,346,2645Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$672,210705%178151$3,776$1,744,7262Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$408,134--322--$1,267$408,1341Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$208,68388%589-451$354$134,681,1179Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$145,880101%521-335$280$55,763,6206Universal
5Mirror Mirror$135,651153%607-315$223$60,529,9207Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$106,925242%455-66$235$209,266,61511Universal
7Wrath of the Titans$72,32776%265-450$273$81,847,5627Warner Bros.
8Bully (2012)$64,22828%2630$244$2,793,4707Weinstein Company
9Lockout$54,709257%255-56$215$14,011,3595Open Road
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$52,237202%260-43$201$102,397,43714Warner Bros. / New Line
11Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$47,20439%200-47$236$8,400,43010CBS Films
12Titanic 3D$39,850-13%157-176$254$57,496,3136Paramount
13The Artist$39,7101964%751710$53$44,290,33925Weinstein Company
14Safe House$25,160120%136-39$185$126,089,80014Universal
15This Means War$22,073142%132-39$167$54,541,42213Fox
16A Thousand Words$17,898151%127-13$141$18,232,37610Paramount
17The Vow$16,527--111-46$149$124,978,29314Sony / Screen Gems
18Act of Valor$12,23337%118-75$104$69,874,17612Relativity Media
19Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,200318%11770$104$4,215,7349Paramount Vantage
20Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$11,55890%110-33$105$34,975,28412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$73,83635%49-1$1,507$1,277,6734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$26,5022%340$779$18,750,15758Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Road (2012)$17,147--50--$343$17,1471Freestyle Releasing
4Sound of My Voice$16,735136%4618$364$147,9103Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$7,70080%56-12$138$5,873,2369Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,748143%23-7$250$1,152,3645Code Black Entertainment
8Friends With Kids$4,455136%362$124$7,197,85710Roadside Attractions
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$4,312--10--$431$4,3121UTV Communications
10Project X (2012)$3,93313%40-32$98$54,715,79311Warner Bros.
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,715-16%67-8$55$133,045,66422Fox
12Red Tails$2,804710%9-3$312$49,862,78417Fox
13Coriolanus$1,636-12%11-7$149$736,09317Weinstein Company
14Undefeated$1,49752%130$115$538,04113Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,203-22%11-9$109$585,0465Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,07847%12-5$90$43,450,27014Fox
17Touchback$78569%6-6$131$199,9805Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$680--2--$340$6801Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$3862657%2-3$193$3,014,25216Roadside Attractions