'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, Sep. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$515,044-9%3,138250$164$25,921,7542Weinstein Company
2The Possession$480,713-2%2,83418$170$35,367,1122Lionsgate
32016: Obama's America$388,350-22%2,017270$193$28,049,0679Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$376,073-1%3,260-74$115$77,259,9794Lionsgate
5The Words$335,006-6%2,801--$120$6,279,8851CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$317,0750%2,766-365$115$104,941,6605Universal
7Hope Springs (2012)$277,8402%2,437-4$114$58,650,1015Sony / Columbia
8The Campaign$267,158-3%2,542-399$105$80,452,1565Warner Bros.
9The Dark Knight Rises$256,085-3%1,987-200$129$438,870,6298Warner Bros.
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$184,5453%2,71782$68$43,773,6484Disney
12Premium Rush$183,908-2%2,182-73$84$17,563,8723Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$127,405-6%1,511--$84$2,432,1841Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$106,439-6%1,810-1060$59$12,956,6813Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$54,1715%1,209-496$45$621,623,21919Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$220,0566%267--$824$2,435,3691Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$57,700-6%873-384$66$23,627,0944Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$48,9256%515-46$95$217,053,76011Universal
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$40,19012%2692$149$10,417,43311Fox Searchlight
6The Intouchables$33,4145%19419$172$11,686,57516Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$31,928-2%763-273$42$157,312,0829Fox
8Moonrise Kingdom$27,3228%2003$137$44,741,58316Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$20,730-2%931-273$22$46,832,7876Fox
10Branded$18,617-6%307--$61$324,6461Roadside Attractions
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$18,374-1%345-160$53$215,315,22814Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Apparition$13,20615%276-534$48$4,790,1663Warner Bros.
13The Watch$12,423-6%135-60$92$34,052,4227Fox
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,6854%1149$94$46,124,65419Fox Searchlight
15Step Up Revolution$10,283-13%198-38$52$34,533,0607Lionsgate / Summit
16Magic Mike$9,6462%202-66$48$113,615,86811Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$9,1700%167-12$55$65,519,79711Lionsgate
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$7,572-15%281-1879$27$1,061,5722Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$23,199-2%5633$414$545,0322Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$11,75910%520$226$8,439,44821Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$5,078-2%76-2$67$2,394,0527Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$4,826-6%45-20$107$721,8074Entertainment One Films
5Safety Not Guaranteed$3,8340%546$71$3,890,97114FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,785-3%330$115$20,832,95875Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901-10%39-10$49$37,506,93512Fox
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,213-12%22--$55$3,365,8445ARC Entertainment
10Joker$1,024-6%43-31$24$168,7512UTV Communications
11Mugamoodi$409-42%17-4$24$94,7412UTV Communications
12A Cat In Paris$307265%52$61$319,15615GKIDS
13The Day$11719%2-10$59$20,9842Anchor Bay Films
14Easy Money (2012)$8774%20$44$189,1639Weinstein Company