'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, Dec. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,327,187-19%4,045--$1,564$106,537,8731Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Guilt Trip$1,029,734--2,431--$424$1,029,7340Paramount
3Lincoln$825,863-12%2,285271$361$110,253,9636Disney / DreamWorks
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$778,913--2,618--$298$778,9130Disney
5Skyfall$742,693-16%2,717-684$273$274,250,5116Sony / Columbia
6Life of Pi$620,616-27%2,208-738$281$71,647,3744Fox
7Rise of The Guardians$619,375-16%3,387-252$183$72,935,7854Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$494,274-19%3,042-604$162$278,452,2995Lionsgate / Summit
9Wreck-It Ralph$251,624-25%1,863-883$135$169,568,3517Disney
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$239,566-43%2,338-499$102$11,731,0732FilmDistrict
11Red Dawn (2012)$186,029-32%1,547-1207$120$41,593,7634FilmDistrict
13Killing Them Softly$80,235-54%1,427-997$56$14,541,7083Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$264,076-15%3710$712$17,808,5025Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$137,279-19%388-34$354$8,829,7395Focus
3Argo$131,016-20%667-277$196$105,394,38010Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$124,684-24%549368$227$3,496,1624Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$37,129-47%621-782$60$6,694,3603LD Entertainment
6Pitch Perfect$29,095-12%291-96$100$63,963,25812Universal
7Taken 2$28,609-21%300-130$95$138,230,96711Fox
8The Sessions$17,803-17%151-46$118$5,264,3259Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,363-15%125-50$115$17,053,61113Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$14,299-2%175-57$82$66,347,32212Sony / TriStar
11Talaash$13,431-43%113-49$119$2,754,6003Reliance Entertainment
12End of Watch$12,200-13%172-1077$71$40,509,50613Open Road
13Sinister$10,625-2%184107$58$47,948,79110Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$8,085-17%100-41$81$15,016,50410CBS Films
15Alex Cross$7,552-22%175-39$43$25,765,1139Lionsgate / Summit
16Paranormal Activity 4$7,387-1%157109$47$53,829,9539Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$124,848--5--$24,970$124,8480Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$32,115-1%3632$892$501,1362Focus
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$18,85413%14-3$1,347$496,2094Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$13,490-17%520$259$10,247,42735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cloud Atlas$13,258-22%98-93$135$26,667,5268Warner Bros.
6A Late Quartet$8,3404%46-17$181$1,109,5437Entertainment One / RKO
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,944-3%300$198$21,528,26189Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Man With the Iron Fists$5,915-25%91-90$65$15,628,6307Universal
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$4,3029%84-6$51$161,022,71923Fox
10The Intouchables$3,286-47%2513$131$13,081,37030Weinstein Company
12The Master$1,580-33%14-9$113$15,918,86614Weinstein Company
13Hecho en Mexico$1,4432%10-16$144$150,1303Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Arbitrage$1,2995%10-15$130$7,894,19214Roadside Attractions
15House at the End of the Street$1,0897%41-27$27$31,610,67413Relativity Media
16This Must Be the Place$324-46%3-2$108$143,7727Weinstein Company