'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, Jun. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$6,821,840-35%2,536--$2,690$34,058,3601Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$5,335,965-35%3,77185$1,415$202,812,5803Universal
3Now You See Me$5,244,094-32%3,02095$1,736$60,914,9142Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$4,205,250-37%3,366--$1,249$17,325,3071Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$3,259,819-34%3,152-433$1,034$199,866,1944Paramount
7After Earth$2,926,418-34%3,4010$860$46,103,8092Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$1,919,119-38%3,242-323$592$102,337,3703Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,576,023-37%2,351-544$670$394,283,3266Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,120,733-36%2,160-475$519$136,167,5275Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$315,539-39%5801$544$18,589,7537Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$198,673-34%414-92$480$181,649,00712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$99,562-38%370-131$269$92,924,9549Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$62,580-43%298-59$210$88,473,9258Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,913-29%23687$245$98,110,71212FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$57,028-23%236-50$242$121,900,11911Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$35,508-9%182-86$195$56,548,35517Weinstein Company
8Evil Dead$29,085-24%171131$170$54,239,85610Sony / TriStar
9Pain and Gain$24,179-46%175-32$138$49,215,8397Paramount
10The Place Beyond the Pines$19,590-39%13431$146$21,255,48111Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$15,947-42%1309$123$9,123,8345Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,320-26%11497$91$18,302,12922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$60,275-34%4440$1,370$294,4812CBS Films
2The East$58,617-45%4137$1,430$336,0022Fox Searchlight
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$38,499-38%5--$7,700$171,9431Roadside Attractions
4Stories We Tell$36,990-43%7031$528$1,091,6605Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$32,859-33%751$438$1,076,5407Weinstein Company
6The Call$18,802-34%91-47$207$51,872,37813Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,61517%9--$1,957$49,8291High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$12,732-42%92-34$138$21,373,9537Lionsgate
9The Sapphires$11,750-39%55-3$214$2,276,23712Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$11,397-20%520$219$12,754,47360Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,416-36%2514$417$128,6913Focus World
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,403-21%29-9$290$441,7766eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,534-36%58-85$130$65,171,86015Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$7,163-40%11--$651$25,9371eOne Films US
15Not Today$6,639-12%191$349$278,5049Freestyle Releasing
16Scary Movie 5$4,145-33%510$81$31,433,8519Weinstein / Dimension
17Born to Be Wild 3D$3,264-21%300$109$22,760,241114Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Tiger Eyes$2,505-23%17--$147$10,8741Freestyle Releasing
19Hello Herman$2,40375%15--$160$5,9851Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,812-13%10-2$181$993,51013GKIDS
21Emperor$5249%5-1$105$3,345,31914Roadside Attractions
22Spring Breakers$259-31%5-35$52$14,123,77313A24
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$92-90%31$31$2,5122Cinema Purgatorio