'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, May. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$43,012,812-31%4,253--$10,114$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$2,063,529-33%3,28710$628$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$1,526,247-44%3,345-60$456$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$1,423,450-43%3,430-362$415$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$1,227,372-39%2,915-368$421$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$968,518-43%2,6330$368$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$352,875-66%1,160-450$304$228,858,9419Disney
8The Place Beyond the Pines$346,640-37%1,162-422$298$18,676,7926Focus
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$332,512-42%1,804-903$184$118,752,4106Paramount
10Olympus Has Fallen$317,386-40%1,632-702$194$95,374,5297FilmDistrict
11Scary Movie 5$303,249-55%1,857-876$163$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$579,734-39%576213$1,006$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$269,555-30%980-868$275$43,756,7355Universal
3Evil Dead$143,957-47%959-1227$150$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$103,836-46%504-438$206$51,365,5036Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$87,035-34%335-30$260$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Filly Brown$64,5356%204-55$316$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Silver Linings Playbook$49,180-44%468107$105$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$48,005-50%300-125$160$133,454,40513Universal
9Snitch (2013)$40,140-33%215-37$187$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
10The Sapphires$38,453-46%123-3$313$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
11Escape From Planet Earth$33,150-40%257-26$129$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$32,646-53%290-321$113$26,143,8196Open Road
13The Call$22,243-47%200-313$111$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
14Side Effects (2013)$17,265-40%16557$105$32,086,04113Open Road
15Safe Haven$16,829-51%169-90$100$71,210,28912Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$15,250-44%140-50$109$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,56146%20--$1,928$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Kon-Tiki$21,371-37%1412$1,527$107,2732Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$15,171-45%99-32$153$124,757,30924Fox
4Trance$12,200-36%86-71$142$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,151-21%4--$3,038$39,6301eOne Films US
6Quartet$11,848-40%86-44$138$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
7From Up on Poppy Hill$11,344-12%39-5$291$854,0188GKIDS
8To the Arctic 3D$9,007-30%520$173$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$8,421-43%82-103$103$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$8,355-59%72-50$116$67,294,33812Fox
11The Lords of Salem$7,504-18%50-230$150$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
12Spring Breakers$7,483-28%43-29$174$14,000,8118A24
1321 And Over$7,287-26%82-54$89$25,650,58610Relativity Media
14Starbuck$5,529-39%281$197$3,757,0917eOne Films US
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-4%10-15$535$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
16Dark Skies$4,663-21%29-34$161$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
17Parental Guidance$3,109-56%42-19$74$77,240,66619Fox
18Born to Be Wild 3D$2,427-70%300$81$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Girl Rising$2,000251%39-33$51$1,097,6579Gathr Films
20Emperor$1,938-47%20-6$97$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$1,604-27%12-16$134$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
22Not Today$1,040-13%30$347$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
23Django Unchained$940-56%12-26$78$162,800,48019Weinstein Company