'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 Thu, Mar. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$1,290,409-16%3,525--$366$33,791,3691Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$683,078-2%2,771--$247$11,783,9751Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$662,150-2%3,2308$205$110,210,8854Universal
4Snitch (2013)$516,841-4%2,5110$206$26,755,1272Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$500,6872%2,951-272$170$59,084,0973Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$404,532-7%1,836-176$220$117,004,34216Weinstein Company
7Escape From Planet Earth$360,826-3%3,110-243$116$44,625,1823Weinstein Company
8A Good Day to Die Hard$350,215-7%2,589-966$135$61,246,4013Fox
9The Last Exorcism Part II$265,416-2%2,700--$98$8,962,5991CBS Films
10Dark Skies$207,590-7%2,3130$90$14,310,1272Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$145,968-7%1,112-958$131$28,701,6704Open Road
12Warm Bodies$138,377-8%1,930-714$72$62,559,3845Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$66,461-7%1,075-1875$62$18,839,8853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$200,946-1%725369$277$11,990,8318Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$174,365-4%62654$279$117,788,15215Fox
3Argo$144,306-6%985183$147$133,272,55821Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$97,2493%983324$99$160,668,45210Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$88,904-12%722-475$123$93,954,55911Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$80,821-5%652-223$124$180,403,93117Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$50,364-10%601-824$84$54,322,9176Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$47,520-4%352-110$135$147,828,76510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,9798%210-178$109$301,495,99712Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack Reacher$18,702-1%225125$83$79,757,46811Paramount
12Bless Me, Ultima$18,1175%183-80$99$1,330,7992Arenas Entertainment
13Rise of The Guardians$17,6945%295-10$60$102,454,92415Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$15,866-5%151-122$105$18,388,39111Lionsgate / Summit
15Parental Guidance$14,814-1%258-123$57$76,119,43910Fox
16Gangster Squad$11,8597%138-64$86$45,799,7568Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$8,8855%133-53$67$37,134,21511Paramount
18Kai Po Che$8,198-26%104-6$79$918,9192UTV Motion Pictures
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,3935%180-43$36$292,324,73716Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$143,627--69--$2,082$143,6270Gathr Films
2Stoker$11,595-9%7--$1,656$214,4881Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$10,588-6%520$204$11,519,40546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,139-26%38-27$188$6,251,21713Focus
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-17%68--$79$167,1751Methinx Entertainment
6Bullet to the Head$4,298-4%86-19$50$9,472,1625Warner Bros.
7Broken City$3,6601%69-29$53$19,655,4747Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,291-20%300$110$22,098,812100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Stand Up Guys$2,64020%17-24$155$3,310,0315Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,49690%21$748$19,0812Freestyle Releasing
12The Sweeney$1,193-10%11--$108$25,5721eOne Films US
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,150--10$1,150$97,20222Roadside Attractions
14A Late Quartet$1,10646%6-1$184$1,554,69418Entertainment One / RKO
15Movie 43$411-2%17-4$24$8,810,6466Relativity Media