'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 Thu, May. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$6,208,368-2%4,3490$1,428$402,021,4152Disney
2The Dictator$2,865,807-31%3,003--$954$7,041,0810Paramount
3Dark Shadows$1,689,368-8%3,755--$450$38,138,4211Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$384,3152%2,531-263$152$388,631,1108Lionsgate
5Think Like a Man$377,850-1%2,0177$187$83,187,9114Sony / Screen Gems
6The Lucky One (2012)$309,168-1%2,839-166$109$55,156,1754Warner Bros.
7The Five-Year Engagement$274,500-4%2,569-372$107$25,992,6353Universal
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$208,5522%2,848-510$73$23,911,5043Sony / Columbia
10The Raven$127,4141%1,888-321$67$15,309,1363Relativity Media
11Safe (2012)$98,590-8%1,690-581$58$16,295,7733Lionsgate
12The Cabin in the Woods$83,605-1%1,029-640$81$40,170,0735Lionsgate
13The Three Stooges$54,9603%1,027-1147$54$41,394,1375Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$304,373-5%178151$1,710$4,997,4412Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$54,159-13%322--$168$1,678,0141Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$49,5486%510-530$97$135,357,2809Sony / Columbia
4Bully (2012)$48,12222%2630$183$3,029,9767Weinstein Company
5American Reunion$40,47012%521-335$78$56,231,0506Universal
6Mirror Mirror$36,996-2%607-315$61$61,147,4227Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$32,980-6%455-66$72$209,732,73011Universal
8The Artist$20,9527%751710$28$44,522,60925Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$18,435-7%200-47$92$8,626,23610CBS Films
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$18,0443%260-43$69$102,652,43414Warner Bros. / New Line
11Titanic 3D$17,29212%157-176$110$57,685,6526Paramount
12Lockout$16,2167%255-56$64$14,203,4685Open Road
13Wrath of the Titans$10,323-6%265-450$39$82,043,9637Warner Bros.
14Safe House$8,1609%136-39$60$126,181,63014Universal
15This Means War$6,6553%132-39$50$54,612,14213Fox
16Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,089-2%11770$52$4,269,4269Paramount Vantage
17A Thousand Words$5,920-2%127-13$47$18,317,62610Paramount
18Act of Valor$5,2697%118-75$45$69,925,48512Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,72310%110-33$34$35,025,79112Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,01533%49-1$1,408$1,617,8484Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,750-27%340$551$18,859,74558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$6,8087%4618$148$218,8163Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$5,115-5%50--$102$82,7471Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,4561%56-12$62$5,909,4839Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,98829%67-8$45$133,071,77322Fox
8Friends With Kids$2,50521%362$70$7,215,55510Roadside Attractions
9Project X (2012)$1,769-3%40-32$44$54,731,86511Warner Bros.
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$1,652-2%23-7$72$1,189,1235Code Black Entertainment
11Coriolanus$1,1871%11-7$108$744,52517Weinstein Company
12Blue Like Jazz$64510%11-9$59$590,7615Roadside Attractions
13Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$600-43%10--$60$21,3661UTV Communications
14Undefeated$59711%130$46$544,37213Weinstein Company
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$53012%12-5$44$43,455,62314Fox
16Red Tails$34744%9-3$39$49,867,76117Fox
17Tonight You're Mine$226-9%2--$113$3,1521Roadside Attractions
18Touchback$148-20%4-8$37$203,6415Anchor Bay Films
19Albert Nobbs$20-77%2-3$10$3,014,69616Roadside Attractions