'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 Tue, Jun. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$3,556,99020%3,68628$965$177,529,4552Universal
2Now You See Me$3,517,75419%2,925--$1,203$35,835,2581Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$2,328,22113%3,401--$685$31,904,8231Sony / Columbia
4The Hangover Part III$1,910,02619%3,56510$536$92,060,0462Warner Bros.
5Star Trek Into Darkness$1,880,97215%3,585-322$525$185,050,5863Paramount
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$947,44417%2,635-455$360$130,263,0204Warner Bros.
8Iron Man 3$880,32617%2,895-529$304$386,823,2925Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$139,97224%579-133$242$17,138,2216Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$82,12524%506-502$162$180,736,85511Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$58,18614%501-414$116$92,441,0658Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$46,50531%357-215$130$88,149,7007Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$33,74317%286-60$118$121,651,16410Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$28,89121%268-78$108$56,375,24216Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$16,07620%207-796$78$49,085,0766Paramount
8Identity Thief$13,50029%150-37$90$134,479,17517Universal
9The Place Beyond the Pines$12,69518%103-25$123$21,159,10510Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$12,35430%149-60$83$97,888,97611FilmDistrict
11The Big Wedding$11,65863%126-139$93$21,304,7756Lionsgate
12Jack the Giant Slayer$8,13720%143-42$57$65,126,22814Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$6,97335%121-364$58$9,052,7944Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$16,56617%7410$224$927,9026Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$11,595-1%3913$297$924,7874Roadside Attractions
3The East$7,9115%4--$1,978$92,4501Fox Searchlight
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,43717%381$196$402,1225eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$6,87716%58-3$119$2,221,38211Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$6,54724%520$126$12,705,59159Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,4326%300$181$22,734,777113Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Kings of Summer$5,392-10%4--$1,348$70,3411CBS Films
9We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,60418%117$419$82,0832Focus World
10Girl Rising$3,680167%30-33$123$1,349,40713Gathr Films
11Not Today$3,50437%1813$195$248,6598Freestyle Releasing
12Spring Breakers$2,81619%40-30$70$14,118,51912A24
13Scary Movie 5$1,869-6%51-120$37$31,415,2058Weinstein / Dimension
14From Up on Poppy Hill$1,260-1%12-12$105$985,48712GKIDS
15Quartet$1,244-22%17-13$73$18,264,89621Weinstein Company
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,10848%23-12$48$132,090,76629Weinstein Company
18Emperor$42886%6-2$71$3,342,72813Roadside Attractions
19A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1068%10$106$18,0282Rialto Pictures
20The Painting (2013)$20--1-5$20$20,8554GKIDS