'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 Tue, Nov. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,215,854-36%3,505--$2,059$109,108,2321Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,454,849-75%3,7520$388$101,011,6072Disney
4Argo$583,387-31%2,763-11$211$87,008,1555Warner Bros.
5The Man With the Iron Fists$308,880-21%1,8724$165$13,523,0302Universal
6Cloud Atlas$293,081-28%2,02310$145$23,544,4953Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$286,733-41%2,487-152$115$132,071,6516Fox
8Here Comes the Boom$162,350-59%2,044-270$79$39,593,9795Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$153,010-55%1,391-111$110$59,593,7987Universal
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$141,472-22%1,902-1031$74$16,706,2533Open Road
11Paranormal Activity 4$130,823-38%2,348-658$56$52,940,8024Paramount
12Hotel Transylvania$127,982-75%2,566-356$50$141,602,3107Sony / Columbia
13Sinister$105,456-34%1,554-328$68$46,843,2855Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$72,732-42%1,090-558$67$24,801,1054Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$38,961-71%1,301-1715$30$8,971,8513Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$319,255--160--$1,995$319,2550Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$83,069-46%607-15$137$14,852,4738Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$67,070-20%491-205$137$64,819,8737Sony / TriStar
4The Sessions$62,814-14%12859$491$1,791,3404Fox Searchlight
5Seven Psychopaths$57,380-10%356-103$161$14,219,3805CBS Films
6Chasing Mavericks$33,842-65%459-1571$74$5,383,9483Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$27,259-31%421135$65$35,355,8508Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,634-51%243-48$44$447,796,91917Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$10,045-45%125-33$80$39,056,5908Open Road
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,150-73%147-10$42$160,592,43418Fox
12The Expendables 2$5,662-42%134-39$42$84,971,59213Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,920-36%138-50$36$86,858,32014Warner Bros.
14The Possession$4,166-42%121-34$34$49,087,30311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$94,914-51%11--$8,629$1,234,8551Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$20,303-18%6253$327$333,9752Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$13,336-19%520$256$9,711,57530Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$11,928-18%88-50$136$15,714,9709Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$10,774-9%87-29$124$7,691,8479Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,25044%300$208$21,267,39084Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Intouchables$3,442-17%346$101$12,982,85825Weinstein Company
8This Must Be the Place$2,890-31%119$263$51,6942Weinstein Company
9House at the End of the Street$2,409-46%78-50$31$31,247,8328Relativity Media
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,010-87%82-13$25$48,824,52815Fox
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,496162%2-2$748$76,1796Roadside Attractions
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,457-26%43-27$34$3,318,6155Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$987-32%20-15$49$37,381,58811Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$802-29%38-3$21$5,300,8877Fox
15Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$437-79%38-22$12$142,9482UTV Communications
16Vamps$78-59%10$78$3,2342Anchor Bay Films
17The Bay$25-17%1-22$25$30,5292Roadside Attractions