'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 Wed, Jul. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$9,672,740-20%3,99741$2,420$175,330,7501Universal
2The Heat$3,001,284-14%3,1843$943$95,639,7912Fox
3Monsters University$2,639,182-17%3,7390$706$224,629,8923Disney
4The Lone Ranger$2,587,793-22%3,9040$663$57,655,7781Disney
5World War Z$2,065,948-18%3,316-89$623$165,831,0363Paramount
6White House Down$1,551,413-18%3,2220$482$55,520,2422Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,228,355-16%2,905-60$423$275,158,7754Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$770,133-17%2,1040$366$88,207,3614Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$378,777-15%1,6060$236$111,685,2956Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$909,774-16%8760$1,039$20,525,1471Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$142,919-16%565-95$253$223,523,9798Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$120,315-11%617-69$195$235,861,9607Universal
5The Croods$62,875-10%269-19$234$185,310,20316Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Internship$58,599-15%37912$155$42,950,9845Fox
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$52,9930%170-52$312$3,207,6725Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$52,221-20%2700$193$59,058,4916Sony / Columbia
9The Hangover Part III$51,154-4%3380$151$111,406,2607Warner Bros.
10Iron Man 3$50,762-11%2940$173$406,563,64910Disney
11The Bling Ring$45,799-10%1590$288$5,260,6724A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$34,372-13%1850$186$143,015,2899Warner Bros.
13The Purge$30,720-8%256-105$120$63,647,6605Universal
14Mud$17,921-10%111-57$161$20,914,80311Roadside Attractions
15Pain and Gain$16,981-11%1700$100$49,572,10611Paramount
16The East$16,081-11%102-20$158$2,015,0056Fox Searchlight
1742 (2013)$14,4540%1820$79$94,852,03113Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$7,7735%110-55$71$98,917,60516FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$49,5001%19--$2,605$697,6501Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$30,15417%7051$431$517,2483Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$12,742-2%513$250$1,121,9396CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$4,824-2%274$179$1,453,5999Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$4,648-6%24-10$194$1,419,31911Weinstein Company
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,409-4%63-22$70$122,489,68015Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$2,71415%62-39$44$56,892,19721Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$2,440-29%18--$136$1,445,78718Gathr Films
9Scary Movie 5$2,4231%43-79$56$31,875,43513Weinstein / Dimension
10The Sapphires$2,09582%15-3$140$2,427,66016Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$1,610-8%15-44$107$114,1452Brainstorm Media
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,231167%2-4$616$503,47910eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$49921%4-15$125$36,3852Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$42757%20$214$121,8725High Top Releasing
15Not Today$58-42%2-3$29$313,12513Freestyle Releasing