'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 Sat, Nov. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$33,859,54411%3,505--$9,660$66,563,6211Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$14,871,95789%3,7520$3,964$83,382,6482Disney
4Argo$3,042,34066%2,763-11$1,101$83,835,7205Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,818,72354%2,487-152$731$130,285,1746Fox
6Here Comes the Boom$1,140,60963%2,044-270$558$38,350,3385Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$1,135,49659%2,02310$561$22,035,0263Warner Bros.
8Pitch Perfect$1,126,71043%1,391-111$810$58,439,2687Universal
9Hotel Transylvania$1,098,765111%2,566-356$428$140,172,5217Sony / Columbia
10The Man With the Iron Fists$1,076,38542%1,8724$575$12,062,8702Universal
11Paranormal Activity 4$867,92938%2,348-658$370$52,118,6234Paramount
12Sinister$666,10439%1,554-328$429$46,198,8345Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$540,49746%1,902-1031$284$15,993,4593Open Road
14Alex Cross$433,87774%1,090-558$398$24,373,8984Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$327,39062%1,301-1715$252$8,572,1733Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$478,28644%607-15$788$14,293,2198Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$253,47751%491-205$516$64,508,8457Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$251,46381%12859$1,965$1,500,4024Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$183,40046%459-1571$400$5,114,1883Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$177,81261%356-103$499$13,982,0855CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$109,45639%421135$260$35,224,2358Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$66,29758%243-48$273$447,722,85017Warner Bros.
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$50,632120%147-10$344$160,527,02318Fox
10End of Watch$45,05749%125-33$360$38,993,1618Open Road
11The Possession$28,88982%121-34$239$49,057,95811Lionsgate
12The Expendables 2$27,76274%134-39$207$84,936,58813Lionsgate
13The Campaign$26,32750%138-50$191$86,829,00414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$347,09229%11--$31,554$615,2231Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$79,26181%6253$1,278$233,2762Entertainment One / RKO
3The Master$46,75675%88-50$531$15,658,5469Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$39,71225%520$764$9,656,23630Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Arbitrage$37,43371%87-29$430$7,644,2559Roadside Attractions
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$24,145127%82-13$294$48,787,29815Fox
7Resident Evil: Retribution$22,75173%91-40$250$42,328,0739Sony / Screen Gems
8House at the End of the Street$20,43872%78-50$262$31,232,6128Relativity Media
9This Must Be the Place$13,46269%119$1,224$34,7742Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$12,0069%300$400$21,247,32384Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Intouchables$10,65661%346$313$12,967,51725Weinstein Company
12Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$10,13829%38-22$267$133,5872UTV Communications
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$6,31457%43-27$147$3,311,3395Atlas Distribution
14Won't Back Down$3,28549%38-3$86$5,297,0767Fox
15Lawless$3,01634%20-15$151$37,376,93711Weinstein Company
16The Other Dream Team$1,056-30%50$211$133,1087The Film Arcade
17Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$9980%2-2$499$73,4696Roadside Attractions
18Vamps$629-8%10$629$2,0822Anchor Bay Films
19The Bay$82-15%1-22$82$29,5492Roadside Attractions