'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. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,411,245-6%4,258--$1,271$84,950,5321Paramount / DreamWorks
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,211,050-8%3,7774$585$108,797,0352Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,551,034-6%3,792-456$409$142,678,9833Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,305,722-3%3,129-541$417$577,888,9046Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$447,740-8%1,2984$345$32,933,4956Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$367,489-7%2,087-820$176$37,436,0014Lionsgate
8The Dictator$271,967-15%1,651-998$165$56,568,2634Paramount
10Dark Shadows$178,359-2%1,550-1452$115$74,532,6285Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$114,421-10%1,180-1253$97$17,460,2083Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$155,610-1%751-348$207$400,913,62012Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$119,0300%642-115$185$3,997,4372ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$53,5127%303-54$177$63,679,63211Relativity Media
4Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$52,2906%290-25$180$212,229,87015Universal
5The Lucky One (2012)$47,848-4%402-2$119$59,677,2288Warner Bros.
6Think Like a Man$36,468-7%287-222$127$90,476,1468Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$28,717-1%245-40$117$43,238,3749Fox
8Crooked Arrows$28,056-3%278-49$101$1,674,2604Branded/Peck Films
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$20,9045%317-268$66$29,048,9557Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,7481%126-29$133$103,617,52218Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wrath of the Titans$15,8052%150-55$105$83,472,81811Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$13,990-5%175-43$80$28,552,3307Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,3483%113-23$100$41,334,1939Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$7,903-1%111-64$71$17,084,5187Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$213,117-7%9680$2,220$4,601,7363Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$65,92616%511$1,293$3,417,2098Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$43,452-12%7727$564$1,195,6173Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$16,256-4%330$493$19,423,97162Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$10,757-16%9--$1,195$143,5051FilmDistrict
6Girl in Progress$5,92528%577$104$2,575,5045Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$4,445-6%78-8$57$339,7882Weinstein Company
8Bully (2012)$4,386-11%31-57$141$3,480,97111Weinstein Company
9Lola Versus$3,511-12%4--$878$46,2121Fox Searchlight
10The Artist$2,53326%36-51$70$44,660,12629Weinstein Company
11The Raven$2,232-21%34-27$66$15,827,9427Relativity Media
12Sound of My Voice$1,3685%24-24$57$391,9107Fox Searchlight
13High School$70810%4-196$177$139,0342Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$118-69%5-3$24$7,251,07314Roadside Attractions