'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, Apr. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$1,936,3854%3,003--$645$36,032,1011Warner Bros.
2The Croods$725,13811%3,689-190$197$145,397,7424Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3G.I. Joe: Retaliation$670,3613%3,535-199$190$105,436,2663Paramount
4Evil Dead$607,681-2%3,0250$201$44,344,9502Sony / TriStar
5Olympus Has Fallen$592,3166%2,935-124$202$84,301,2524FilmDistrict
6Jurassic Park 3D$555,655-7%2,7787$200$34,471,0902Universal
7Scary Movie 5$524,0711%3,402--$154$16,647,5921Weinstein / Dimension
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$322,3654%2,504-401$129$220,722,1086Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$282,1455%1,805-242$156$46,664,1653Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$182,3074%2,172-1030$84$24,178,7533Open Road
11The Call$157,7296%1,630-372$97$49,222,1495Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$362,2256%514484$705$6,725,1003Focus
2Trance$80,152-8%438434$183$1,422,6142Fox Searchlight
4Spring Breakers$44,184-2%426-646$104$13,728,5275A24
5Identity Thief$39,480-7%564-157$70$132,191,21010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$38,8327%451-73$86$130,483,21522Weinstein Company
7Quartet$27,283-6%224-28$122$17,688,76514Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$22,19512%331-171$67$63,051,1647Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$21,47512%217-52$99$124,363,11921Fox
10Warm Bodies$18,70414%279-8$67$65,968,02911Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$15,3283%277-83$55$70,667,5529Relativity Media
12A Good Day to Die Hard$13,40411%210-15$64$67,058,2209Fox
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$12,087-4%274-261$44$22,182,5825Warner Bros. / New Line
14Escape From Planet Earth$11,118-1%276-156$40$54,704,9899Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$10,4884%215-89$49$42,031,3688Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,55410%154-26$56$55,620,51712Paramount
17Django Unchained$7,6607%126-57$61$162,721,64716Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$6,826-24%107-73$64$25,466,2587Relativity Media
19Argo$3,9989%1720$23$136,002,57427Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$25,25918%480$526$750,8166Gathr Films
2The Sapphires$24,343-1%9333$262$882,7584Weinstein Company
3From Up on Poppy Hill$10,90613%498$223$648,1875GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$10,28619%520$198$12,151,95752Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65452%300$288$22,476,852106Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Emperor$7,8377%96-24$82$3,248,1976Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$6,1286%53-27$116$31,502,83010Open Road
8Not Today$6,11622%41--$149$119,0861Freestyle Releasing
9The Impossible$5,784-9%77-3$75$19,019,88217Lionsgate / Summit
10Dead Man Down$4,05028%94-52$43$10,895,2956FilmDistrict
11Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$3,85326%13-3$296$121,4802CodeBlack Films
12Starbuck$2,987-5%321$93$3,670,8354eOne Films US
13Camp (2013)$2,9590%2113$141$180,9158Freestyle Releasing
14Parental Guidance$2,74016%90-20$30$77,129,30316Fox
15The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,15528%55-22$39$302,982,41218Warner Bros. / New Line
16Stoker$1,9054%30-59$64$1,680,7537Fox Searchlight
17Dark Skies$1,719-4%25-3$69$17,225,0708Weinstein / Dimension
18Settai$545-7%15-18$36$80,2892UTV Motion Pictures
19Kai Po Che$10-71%1-1$10$1,120,8968UTV Motion Pictures