'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, Jun. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$4,074,840-4%3,773--$1,080$75,478,6851Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,555,9392%4,2480$602$122,005,3742Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,974,1796%3,670-248$538$561,050,7255Disney
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$585,958-1%1,29461$453$27,773,5795Fox Searchlight
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$576,9102%2,907-114$198$33,035,3723Lionsgate
7The Dictator$493,216-2%2,649-365$186$53,038,5403Paramount
8Dark Shadows$431,2858%3,002-402$144$72,375,6334Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$357,319-4%2,4330$147$16,110,2612Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$225,68610%1,099-322$205$399,200,32211Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$171,8156%757--$227$2,594,1971ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$75,09712%585-299$128$28,832,8946Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$64,7895%509-277$127$89,979,5417Sony / Screen Gems
4Mirror Mirror$58,8989%357-65$165$63,134,10610Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$51,9753%315-75$165$211,690,65514Universal
6Crooked Arrows$43,7147%327260$134$1,339,8373Branded/Peck Films
7The Lucky One (2012)$39,0586%404-211$97$59,121,9007Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$29,648-4%285-40$104$42,867,1688Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$24,843-20%155-20$160$103,453,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rowdy Rathore$22,161-28%120--$185$511,3191UTV Communications
11Wrath of the Titans$20,8353%205-50$102$83,306,67710Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$20,1703%218-56$93$28,368,0606Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$14,819-3%136-67$109$41,227,6928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,447-2%17563$77$16,997,1886Lionsgate
15High School$10,583-17%200--$53$133,0951Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$95,325-8%1612$5,958$2,171,3312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$64,85013%500$1,297$3,009,0827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$35,9333%5046$719$629,4422Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,448-13%33-1$650$19,304,95161Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Piranha 3DD$17,391-9%86--$202$278,4641Weinstein Company
6Bully (2012)$9,820-39%88-16$112$3,446,94710Weinstein Company
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$6,4401%60-27$107$9,047,98013CBS Films
8Titanic 3D$6,1554%5210$118$57,884,1149Paramount
9The Artist$5,84317%8767$67$44,636,42228Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,090-4%486$85$377,9316Fox Searchlight
11Girl in Progress$3,400-4%50-93$68$2,525,6114Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$2,737-1%61-50$45$15,803,1386Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$681134%19-20$36$70,012,84715Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$665-1%8--$83$7,248,06713Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$3973%60$66$562,21816Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$24193%5-2$48$49,876,37720Fox