'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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$23,222,379-19%4,004--$5,800$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$18,595,621-18%3,607--$5,155$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$12,528,796-23%4,2070$2,978$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,315,447-11%3,0550$1,413$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$2,380,425-24%2,823-259$843$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$1,426,030-29%2,417-958$590$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$1,023,465-25%2,201-390$465$59,604,0753Universal
8Star Trek Into Darkness$992,498-24%1,565-766$634$216,777,6256Paramount
9The Internship$983,396-27%1,916-1483$513$38,339,8663Fox
11After Earth$287,258-23%1,166-1266$246$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$588,108-12%650645$905$2,343,1442A24
2Iron Man 3$514,762-44%924-725$557$403,157,8048Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$236,716-23%206183$1,149$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$197,155-18%362-813$545$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
5The Hangover Part III$181,847-38%530-1371$343$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Croods$154,906-21%324-44$478$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$114,047-26%19580$585$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
8Mud$97,282-26%213-192$457$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$75,911-25%325-119$234$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$40,200-27%201-57$200$89,021,73510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$39,686-23%177-24$224$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$29,220-18%139-31$210$122,263,05613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$25,452-22%134-7$190$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$22,170-21%141-24$157$21,613,8719Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$14,469-12%138-13$105$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$43,452-18%652$668$761,1204CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,487-20%53-17$292$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$13,802-24%33-30$418$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
4The Place Beyond the Pines$9,181-19%53-23$173$21,383,29813Focus
5Unfinished Song$8,068-36%2--$4,034$25,7281Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$7,596-18%50-20$152$49,333,7449Paramount
7The Sapphires$6,409-19%29-10$221$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
8To the Arctic 3D$5,070-61%520$98$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Quartet$4,702-1%294$162$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,471-35%300$116$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,02022%8-6$378$490,3108eOne Films US
12Girl Rising$2,560349%16--$160$1,420,92716Gathr Films
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,346-19%1-1$2,346$102,9343High Top Releasing
14Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,76311%17--$104$6,1941High Top Releasing
15Not Today$1,023-8%3-4$341$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
16Made in Cleveland$877-39%5--$175$7,0111Striped Entertainment
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$552-40%3-3$184$45,2673eOne Films US
18Tiger Eyes$122-71%2-4$61$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$60-12%1-1$60$324,97618Freestyle Releasing