'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, May. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$13,536,422--3,762--$3,598$13,536,4220Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,428,050-12%3,535--$970$66,743,6041Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$3,296,807-15%4,237-16$778$301,891,8832Disney
4Pain and Gain$343,654-24%2,610-677$132$43,474,4943Paramount
542 (2013)$289,161-13%2,545-800$114$86,004,5125Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$222,825-33%2,343-1087$95$83,250,9604Universal
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$201,467-18%2,041--$99$5,707,7771Lionsgate
8The Croods$171,770-10%2,384-531$72$174,000,1838Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Big Wedding$132,803-36%2,298-335$58$19,097,9843Lionsgate
10Scary Movie 5$26,360-37%1,007-850$26$30,786,1235Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$188,643-14%852276$221$9,427,4253Roadside Attractions
2Olympus Has Fallen$61,442-6%836-796$73$96,902,6818FilmDistrict
3The Place Beyond the Pines$53,531-33%468-694$114$20,321,0077Focus
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$46,261-11%681-479$68$230,479,99610Disney
5Jurassic Park 3D$43,440-11%543-437$80$44,959,4206Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$30,455-29%506-1298$60$119,941,8677Paramount
7Jack the Giant Slayer$18,3763%265-70$69$64,557,85711Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Host (2013)$16,0877%30111$53$26,429,7777Open Road
9Identity Thief$15,2850%279-21$55$133,774,65014Universal
10The Sapphires$13,1641%118-5$112$1,890,8008Weinstein Company
11Silver Linings Playbook$12,802-7%323-145$40$131,981,64726Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Temptation$10,436-32%278-226$38$51,760,3707Lionsgate
13Snitch (2013)$10,33010%188-27$55$42,728,37912Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$7,7438%254-3$30$55,367,84613Weinstein Company
16Side Effects (2013)$4,465-5%108-57$41$32,172,75714Open Road
17Safe Haven$4,17613%124-45$34$71,297,59013Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$30,67775%6324$487$1,230,74410Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$10,362-14%520$199$12,485,75656Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,281-15%228$376$262,6243Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,894-26%2319$256$136,1052eOne Films US
5Born to Be Wild 3D$4,1093%300$137$22,635,603110Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Stories We Tell$3,911-16%2--$1,956$43,5141Roadside Attractions
7Life of Pi$3,6586%70-29$52$124,833,36325Fox
8Quartet$3,578-24%59-27$61$18,174,55418Weinstein Company
9Trance$3,128-6%40-46$78$2,282,6096Fox Searchlight
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,418-38%37-2$65$909,2459GKIDS
11Filly Brown$2,360-39%92-112$26$2,743,4284Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Spring Breakers$2,07610%16-27$130$14,039,6689A24
13Starbuck$1,83633%9-19$204$3,783,1188eOne Films US
14Not Today$1,827225%52$365$162,4615Freestyle Releasing
15A Good Day to Die Hard$1,808-9%50-22$36$67,330,68913Fox
16Dark Skies$1,74829%290$60$17,394,64812Weinstein / Dimension
17Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,737-42%4323$40$156,4132Lionsgate / Pantelion
1821 And Over$1,446-16%37-45$39$25,682,38011Relativity Media
19No One Lives$1,040-77%53--$20$65,8081Anchor Bay Films
20Emperor$703-28%10-12$70$3,322,05210Roadside Attractions
21The Lords of Salem$55779%15-35$37$1,165,8814Anchor Bay Films
22The Painting (2013)$30537%1--$305$4,5121GKIDS
23Django Unchained$25920%5-7$52$162,805,43420Weinstein Company
24Camp (2013)$30-63%3-9$10$315,38112Freestyle Releasing