'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 Mon, Apr. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,703,987-67%3,025--$563$27,479,8341Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,235,919-78%3,73415$331$87,674,3682Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,080,690-76%2,771--$390$19,700,8351Universal
4The Croods$969,112-83%3,879-186$250$126,321,0083Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$740,309-73%3,059-47$242$71,976,9423FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$654,494-72%2,0470$320$39,123,6402Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$443,585-79%2,905-419$153$213,050,5375Disney
8The Host (2013)$319,412-73%3,2020$100$19,943,7402Open Road
9The Call$246,804-71%2,002-437$123$45,728,1454Sony / TriStar
11Spring Breakers$120,255-61%1,072-307$112$12,737,0194A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$57,680-68%721-361$80$131,290,0159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$41,992-70%524-228$80$129,767,10921Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$37,527-69%535-1040$70$21,845,0284Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,396-75%502-578$71$62,505,2266Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$31,292-70%252-50$124$17,231,83813Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$26,970-72%269-71$100$123,947,55320Fox
7Warm Bodies$22,122-68%287125$77$65,606,14010Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,356-64%360-190$57$70,348,3088Relativity Media
9Snitch (2013)$16,206-70%304-442$53$41,800,5377Lionsgate / Summit
1021 And Over$15,613-60%180-164$87$25,294,8466Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$13,977-79%432-545$32$54,454,4418Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$12,536-71%22516$56$66,808,1868Fox
13Emperor$12,026-66%120-18$100$3,121,9105Roadside Attractions
14Django Unchained$11,771-68%183-50$64$162,560,93315Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,849-70%180-22$60$55,450,37011Paramount
16Argo$6,825-70%172-88$40$135,904,62526Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,545-64%14671$38$10,834,2235FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,477-70%110-30$41$77,049,93915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$63,126-70%3026$2,104$1,152,5352Focus
2The Sapphires$20,047-74%6048$334$464,0293Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$19,780731%489$412$609,4935Gathr Films
4Trance$11,278-67%4--$2,820$142,4231Fox Searchlight
5From Up on Poppy Hill$9,187-77%4116$224$481,6774GKIDS
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,895-65%16--$431$76,2011CodeBlack Films
7Side Effects (2013)$6,750-73%80-22$84$31,398,2339Open Road
8The Impossible$6,249-62%80-6$78$18,913,31816Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$6,249-63%89-105$70$1,634,6276Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$5,144-63%520$99$12,032,06951Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$4,778-65%3114$154$3,610,3843eOne Films US
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,933-71%77-68$38$302,935,55717Warner Bros. / New Line
13Rise of The Guardians$2,920-80%89-45$33$103,403,61220Paramount / DreamWorks
14Settai$2,255-81%33--$68$54,6411UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,144-69%300$71$22,427,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,772-66%55-60$32$19,446,9898Warner Bros.
17Camp (2013)$1,723-53%82$215$130,2867Freestyle Releasing
18Himmatwala$1,560-77%61-38$26$264,1282UTV Motion Pictures
19Dark Skies$1,172-71%28-73$42$17,179,3387Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,061-52%6-5$177$1,560,6177Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$422-56%2--$211$5,2301Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$395-63%12--$33$4,2951Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$94-77%2-3$47$1,119,9707UTV Motion Pictures