'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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,721,6227%4,0700$669$232,640,7982Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$2,274,15718%3,52621$645$225,341,8453Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,989,15513%2,018243$986$66,593,3123Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,780,33531%2,927--$608$33,716,3541Fox
5Red Dawn (2012)$920,23412%2,725--$338$23,429,5691FilmDistrict
6Rise of The Guardians$900,0407%3,653--$246$34,081,3501Paramount / DreamWorks
8Wreck-It Ralph$541,107-4%3,259-363$166$150,381,3824Disney
9Argo$246,43616%1,255-955$196$98,521,0727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$400,34523%367351$1,091$6,934,4782Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$81,10519%515-1$157$4,079,3586Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$58,7948%763-1300$77$136,590,1768Fox
4Cloud Atlas$41,37314%258-662$160$25,866,4445Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$39,36023%492-630$80$62,643,2689Universal
6Looper$37,19227%29379$127$65,653,5049Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,17516%242-269$112$16,374,19810Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$25,27414%490-860$52$42,084,7127Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$24,55526%205-705$120$15,245,9404Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$15,64510%464-784$34$143,531,9509Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,9943%190-266$53$17,395,7985Open Road
12Alex Cross$8,53518%144-391$59$25,420,1926Lionsgate / Summit
13Trouble with the Curve$6,70120%140-132$48$35,674,72910Warner Bros.
14Sinister$6,36810%127-662$50$47,717,8697Lionsgate / Summit
15House at the End of the Street$4,8505%138-37$35$31,498,15610Relativity Media
16The Dark Knight Rises$4,32818%108-52$40$448,042,35819Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,28740%109-23$39$160,825,91820Fox
19Fun Size$4,203-9%144-244$29$9,306,6155Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$3,80412%108-742$35$53,683,9166Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$82,29518%6650$1,247$1,686,5782Focus
2Hitchcock$21,726-1%17--$1,278$331,3871Fox Searchlight
3Seven Psychopaths$11,75419%82-89$143$14,652,9197CBS Films
4A Late Quartet$10,743-6%88-12$122$756,0484Entertainment One / RKO
5To the Arctic 3D$8,84916%520$170$9,974,44532Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,54611%300$152$21,383,93086Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$3,96261%48-32$83$7,823,33211Roadside Attractions
8Chasing Mavericks$3,848-6%60-138$64$5,779,3955Fox
9The Master$3,39517%25-27$136$15,848,80511Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$3,093-2%34-41$91$39,197,68010Open Road
11This Must Be the Place$1,2103%8-7$151$118,6344Weinstein Company
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,1289%59-13$19$48,939,15017Fox
13Lawless$1,115241%11-8$101$37,398,73313Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$1,10671%262$43$13,031,88827Weinstein Company
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$798-57%15--$53$109,9681Warner Bros.
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$65030%3520$19$3,334,9847Atlas Distribution