'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 Wed, Oct. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$2,782,072-30%3,661--$760$61,750,4991Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$1,032,484-26%3,3523$308$83,788,0742Sony / Columbia
3Looper$989,893-22%2,9931$331$44,208,8052Sony / TriStar
4Pitch Perfect$941,800-22%2,7702435$340$25,737,4132Universal
6End of Watch$398,847-13%2,370-410$168$34,312,1633Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$338,498-16%3,003-209$113$30,914,8523Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$217,589-17%2,720-363$80$28,475,3793Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$111,914-9%1,746-893$64$39,606,3174Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$109,040-13%1,361-1020$80$41,408,7664Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$100,041-21%2,5172$40$4,859,8622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$166,909-12%8648$193$12,963,8624Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$129,430-10%221119$586$3,848,6463Lionsgate / Summit
3Dredd 3D$73,506-23%831-1726$88$12,981,6823Lionsgate
4The Dark Knight Rises$71,874-4%575-80$125$445,620,36612Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$57,123-20%244-12$234$6,267,2884Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$39,095-8%821-797$48$48,535,0966Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$31,330-7%482-342$65$112,390,9859Universal
8The Odd Life of Timothy Green$24,459-9%534-653$46$50,298,9618Disney
9Lawless$21,271-15%611-892$35$37,078,0326Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$17,924-29%300-87$60$159,566,26713Fox
11The Campaign$16,927-1%303-327$56$86,324,1759Warner Bros.
12Ted (2012)$16,8850%187-38$90$218,398,38015Universal
13The Expendables 2$14,976-11%313-502$48$84,424,4178Lionsgate
15Barfi!$10,426-12%110-17$95$2,734,9084UTV Communications
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$9,748-24%257-75$38$48,306,52410Fox
17Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$7,651-18%155-48$49$216,270,42018Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$13,5855%520$261$9,015,92925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$12,586-13%84-37$150$12,684,29920Weinstein Company
3Moonrise Kingdom$5,961-46%9210$65$45,408,84320Focus
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,1544%51-18$101$11,120,86215Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,599-15%330$109$20,997,68779Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,41061%18-14$189$46,353,11123Fox Searchlight
7Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,800-1%12--$233$39,9761Roadside Attractions
8Safety Not Guaranteed$2,532-6%24-10$106$4,000,55618FilmDistrict
9For A Good Time, Call...$1,81621%43-41$42$1,249,6556Focus
10The Watch$1,717-24%32-14$54$34,338,39611Fox
11Thaandavam$1,386-60%21-24$66$197,0722UTV Communications
12The Apparition$1,309-2%38-27$34$4,935,3937Warner Bros.
13Heroine$738-52%18-79$41$597,6473UTV Communications
1410 Years$6166%21-42$29$202,8964Anchor Bay Films
15Toys in the Attic$31122%4-2$78$63,7975Hannover House
16Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$153-3%6-1$26$3,377,3889ARC Entertainment