'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 Sun, Dec. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,718,097-16%4,1000$2,370$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,064,973-20%3,010--$3,012$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$8,216,880-16%2,814--$2,920$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,161,474-22%3,367--$1,236$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,868,080-26%3,3520$1,154$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$3,715,350-21%2,9141$1,275$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$2,194,977-20%1,966-327$1,116$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$1,972,132-18%2,4310$811$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,865,454-19%2,6180$713$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,384,202-19%2,055-976$674$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,374,361-18%1,637-728$840$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,197,822-14%1,178-572$1,017$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$724,915-16%1,191-809$609$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,263,523-17%745374$1,696$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$777,733-12%8400$926$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$527,124-21%913-531$577$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$308,226-22%345-105$893$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$175,916-8%218-113$807$10,705,8667Focus
6Hotel Transylvania$161,077-26%3010$535$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
8Hitchcock$121,787-14%349-186$349$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$119,636-16%425-586$281$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$91,184-29%252-39$362$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$67,932-30%232-43$293$138,897,49413Fox
12Pitch Perfect$45,750-22%183-31$250$64,403,57814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$35,544-22%268-583$133$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$30,270-10%125-16$242$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$26,864-25%162-10$166$40,754,64615Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$145,943-9%84-2$1,737$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$110,554-1%50$22,111$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$60,112-15%150$4,007$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$48,414-33%25--$1,937$173,9151Focus
5To the Arctic 3D$35,014-25%520$673$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$23,763-19%80-18$297$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
7A Late Quartet$18,464-13%37-2$499$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
8Not Fade Away$17,595-18%1916$926$95,8072Paramount Vantage
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,722-21%300$424$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Sinister$12,396-16%82-11$151$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
11Killing Them Softly$12,328-24%68-81$181$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
12Looper$12,317-20%84-16$147$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,587-27%62-10$187$161,130,05625Fox
14Alex Cross$10,252-31%77-17$133$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$9,505-11%45-5$211$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,321-23%500$126$53,884,82111Paramount
17The Intouchables$5,725-16%114$520$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
18Talaash$5,5985%16-9$350$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
19The Master$4,307-15%130$331$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
20The Collection$3,487-33%17-95$205$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
22Arbitrage$2,370-1%72$339$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
23The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$2,208-60%150$147$665,4266Warner Bros.