'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 Sun, Oct. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$12,214,296-36%3,661--$3,336$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$8,771,278-26%3,3523$2,617$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,044,225-32%2,7702435$1,460$21,693,0382Universal
5Looper$3,466,415-33%2,9931$1,158$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$1,180,011-29%2,370-410$498$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$979,130-42%3,003-209$326$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$935,084-44%2,720-363$344$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$543,671-23%1,746-893$311$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$348,668-29%1,361-1020$256$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$289,833-31%2,5172$115$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$523,985-38%8648$606$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$449,171-29%221119$2,032$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$201,845-23%831-1726$243$12,695,6553Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$199,967-32%575-80$348$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$183,593-40%244-11$752$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$153,920-46%821-797$187$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$96,647-28%300-87$322$159,473,26213Fox
8Lawless$91,684-31%611-892$150$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$89,170-41%482-342$185$112,275,3059Universal
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$70,428-40%534-653$132$50,199,9208Disney
12Hope Springs (2012)$56,586-40%439-252$129$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,151-33%257-75$207$48,252,59610Fox
14Barfi!$52,319-27%110-17$476$2,692,1614UTV Communications
15The Expendables 2$48,154-36%313-502$154$84,370,3588Lionsgate
16The Campaign$45,054-41%303-327$149$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
17Ted (2012)$40,205-37%187-38$215$218,344,09515Universal
18Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$32,335-30%155-48$209$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
19The Amazing Spider-Man$31,601-44%145-59$218$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
20Total Recall (2012)$24,524-31%167-72$147$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,417-20%520$643$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$32,820-32%84-37$391$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$15,545-35%9210$169$45,382,15720Focus
4Thaandavam$13,560-17%21-24$646$183,6612UTV Communications
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,511-30%51-18$245$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,865-12%330$360$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Premium Rush$11,709-49%77-131$152$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
8Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,3940%12--$616$30,9531Roadside Attractions
9The Watch$5,913-57%32-14$185$34,331,90511Fox
10The Apparition$4,653-38%38-27$122$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
11The Other Dream Team$4,35614%75$622$37,2212The Film Arcade
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,724-34%43-41$87$1,243,9616Focus
13Heroine$3,450-22%18-79$192$593,3443UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,284-23%18-14$182$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
15Hit and Run$2,490-50%51-81$49$13,746,5507Open Road
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,034-23%24-10$85$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,530-23%21-42$73$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$509-21%4-2$127$63,0155Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$507-28%6-1$85$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment